Roy Austin (1910-1997) was born in Faversham, England and emigrated to Canada a year later. After a short stay in Toronto, his family settled in Orangeville, Ontario. Growing up surrounded by the rural countryside, the young Austin developed a keen appreciation of the beautiful Ontario landscape.
In 1930, at age 20, Roy Austin enrolled at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and studied painting and design under J.W. Beatty, J.E.H. Macdonald, Frank Carmichael and Yvonne McKague Housser. After graduating in 1934, he apprenticed as a commercial artist, continued to refine his painting and was accepted into the annual exhibitions of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Royal Canadian Academy.
For over fifty years Roy Austin painted the landscapes vividly capturing their moods in watercolours and oils. His paintings have an immediacy echoing his preference for direct location painting. Working rapidly, he composes his paintings with the skill and vision of a natural artist.
In simplified shapes, expressive brush strokes and often dramatic colours, the artist's landscapes, whether representation or non-objective, pull the viewer into the heart of the painting. Austin is perhaps best known for his portrayal of southwestern Ontario's small towns, villages and countrysides.