Roy W. Butler


“One of my greatest passions in life is simply people watching,” says sculptor Roy W. Butler.

A genuine student of life and self-taught, he is passionately devoted to his art and possessed with a rare talent for creating sensitive and moving images that touch the soul.

As a child growing up in rural middle Tennessee, he began developing his artistic and technical talents at an early age. When money allowed, much time was spent assembling model kits, mostly automotive, with an expertise of build and finish that rivaled that of youth twice his age. During high school, Roy heard of a national competition sponsored by General Motors in which entrants had to totally design, hand fabricate and build 1/12th precision scale automobiles of the future. These were not store bought model kits but automobiles fabricated from components created and fabricated by each entrant. He was eligible to enter three separate years and won nationally recognized awards each year.

His talents were also devoted to drawing. “I used to spend so much time drawing everything in sight that I would run out of sketch pads and my mother would often hide the kitchen paper towels,” says Butler. The word quickly spread of his artistic ability and a local contractor commissioned a full color, watercolor perspective rendering of a recently completed home which was to be submitted to a national trade manufacturer. Several months after completion, the rendering appeared in a LIFE MAGAZINE advertisement; Roy was sixteen years old.

During high school a local nationally recognized portrait photographer may not have fully realized the significance when he gave Roy the nickname, Da Vinci. As his talents evolved, creative interests developed into a successful career combining the art of the human form, fine art sculpture, painting, photography, computer graphics and architectural design.

Many years later in 1988, he found the culmination to expressing his true passion for people through the medium of lifecasting; a medium of sculpture often utilized by renown sculptors as John De Andrea, George Segal and J. Seward Johnson. Creating life sculptures that are more than art, they capture the essence of each unique individual and allow their true inner spirit to emerge. Butler says, “Lifecasting is an art form that allows me to combine creative and technical skills into producing works of art that accurately replicate the visual sensation of human life.” His demand for the highest degree of quality and excellence of work shows in every piece which also allows the art to be an important archival and heirloom resource. He has been quoted by ALI founders, an international professional organization, as being one of the most artistic and technically detailed lifecast sculptors on the planet.

As an established fine art sculptor, he has acquired a reputation for creating museum quality, high-realism bronze and resin sculptures of the human form, ranging from monumental historical projects, life-size outdoor public installations to smaller tabletop sculptures and donor gifts.

His vision often combines multiple self-taught skills with hi-realism fine art clay sculpting techniques to create astonishing highly detailed works that allow us to experience our true spirit of life in pure, three-dimensional art of the human form. Recently, evolving more heavily into fine art miniatures of life, his style and detail has often been compared to several old world masters.

A collective client base includes Ms. Oprah Winfrey, United States Department of Veteran Affairs, State of Tennessee Permanent Capitol Collection, State of Arkansas-Historic Arkansas Museum, The American Legion, Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the City of Boulder City, Nevada, sports celebrities, international magazines, public exhibits and commissions for private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He was honored to have been presented as a featured artist in Millionaire Magazine an international Robb Report publication and noted by CNN. Eight of his public monuments have also been documented and archived by The Smithsonian American Art Museum with others read into the Congressional Record in Washington, D.C.

His working philosophy is that each project is created for the client, not for himself, and strives to exceed client expectations in addition to providing realistic pricing structures. These goals are achieved by not only producing museum-quality works, but also extensive hands-on project administration with over forty years combined experience in fine art sculpture, client relations, foundry fabrication, transportation logistics and a strong background in architectural planning and building construction.

As you view his sculptures, whether monumental or miniature, it is his hope that you too will gaze deeply into their reflections of life and observe the inner soul break free.

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use the arts to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw