Jean Claude Roy was born in Rochefort-sur-Mer, France, in 1948. Committed to becoming an artist since childhood, he first came to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as a sailor at the age of 17. After many years living and painting in the province, he now divides his time between his two countries: Canada and France. Primarily a landscape painter, he is entirely self-taught. His works can be found in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe.