roy fairchild-woodard was born in surrey in 1953. he has been known as both woodard and fairchild during his career; fairchild, his family name, is used when producing his own, personal artwork. fairchild began his artistic path, however, by training as a technical illustrator after leaving school at 16.
after his training, fairchild started his career in advertising; his ability to create photo-realistic images using airbrush technology allowed him to continue practising art and developing his skills. while creating his artwork with a more commercial intention, fairchild operated under the name woodard. he found considerable success in this career, lasting throughout the 1970s.
eventually, fairchild was able to move into a full-time career of painting and printmaking, allowing him to develop the artistic styles for which he is now known.
fairchild now stays in his country home, working consistently within a peaceful and secluded environment throughout most of the year. however, he also relies on his travels across continental europe to find inspiration for his work.