Born and raised in Houston, Texas during the turbulent 50's; Alvin is a product of the Civil Rights transformation that swept through the Southern United States.
His parents, both of whom had their roots in Southeast Louisiana and were actively engaged in overcoming the South's Jim Crow transgressions upon African-Americans, led Alvin to adopt many of his family's traditions early in his life that dated back to long before the Civil War.
Alvin began drawing and painting while still in elementary school. After graduating from Houston Technical Institute where he began to hone his skills. Roy focused upon fusing his studies in the areas of Graphics, Commercial Art and Decorating Design. Roy briefly studied with the Pratt Institute in New York, before embarking upon a military career in the United States Marine Corps during the close of the Vietnamese War.
Roy's interest in art has never waned and he continues to work at his craft. His stint in the Marine Corps allowed him to travel to many places. Each experience allowed him to inject some form of his artistic self into it. For instance, he was able to showcase some of his talent while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. During some of his off-time, he would receive instructions from a Japanese ink and water color master. According to Roy, "she taught me how to be artistically patient," to allow his inner self to form a dialogue with his work. In that way, each work produced would have a soul and be much more than just a "piece of work." Some of Roy's work produced during this time allowed him an opportunity to exhibit in Japan, before getting a Honorable Discharge. During his travels, Alvin has made brief sojourns to Africa and Spain. While in Barcelona, he had an opportunity to study the works of many master artists. Picasso and the Spanish cubists, other modern masters, and Salvador Dali made a significant impression upon him. Roy was even introduced to a painter who was a disciple of Dali, from whom Roy learned a great deal.