Roy Meats

Roy was born in Nottingham City Centre in 1958.The son of a long Distant Lorry Driver and a Lace Maker.

Roy was always painting and drawing with his dad, he loved pictures of Galleon ships.

Having to leave Nottingham due to his fathers work, they settled in the small market town of Atherstone. A whole new world had opened up as nature and wildlife was on his doorstep.

All of his spare time was now spent walking the fields and hedgerows collecting and studying nature.

Roy started to sell paintings whilst still at school. His first medium was pencils and water colours, extending into pen & ink, oil acrylic and then enamels.


When he left school Roy became an apprentice in painting and decorating, studying colour, designs and specialist finishes as part of this training.He developed a flair for sign-writing which eventually became his main source of income.

As painting was still part of his life, he organised his first exhibition in Atherstone Anglia Building Society.

Upon completing his apprenticeship, Roy set up his own sign-writing company this was in 1983.He was working mainly for all the different breweries up and down the country.He painted pictorial signs for pubs as there was a big demand for hand painted signs.He was also still selling paintings and getting commissions for peoples pets etc.

His second exhibition took place at Riversley Park Gallery, Nuneaton.This was a complete sell out of all his products and pictures.

With the demise of the brewing industry, the demand for signs and sign writing declined. Roy took a new direction into painting murals in children’s bedrooms, hotel themed rooms and children’s play areas throughout England and Europe.

Throughout this period, he still carried on painting and still did commission work for people.More recently Roy decided to take his painting one step further and branched out in limited edition prints.By going down this route Roy is making his pictures accessible to more people at an affordable price.

Eight years ago Frank the Scarecrow was born’.Through Frank, Roy is able to tell his story, influenced by songs.

Roy has held several exhibitions featuring Frank and sold his work throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

He has his own book and song, and his story continues –