He was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on December 14, 1938, to the late Robert James and Irene (Wilson) Carruthers. Roy was an internationally known artist, award-winning illustrator and graphic designer for more than five decades. He moved from London, England to Old Greenwich, CT, in 1968. He commuted to New York City for many years and worked as an art director in the advertising industry, then as a commercial illustrator in the early 1970s. He decided to pursue a full time career as a fine artist in 1974.
His signature style of larger-than-life figures with multiple fingers and vibrant colors painstakingly painted in oil on canvas was shown in exhibitions throughout Europe, South Africa and the United States. In 1998 he moved to Florida, initially to Ponte Vedra Beach. That year marked his resurgence as a painter and sculptor, with a sold-out one-man exhibition at Coplan Gallery in Boca Raton, FL.
He settled in Palm Coast, FL, in 2002, where he continued making art works until 2008, when his health declined.