El’Roy’s gallery is comprised of a variety of styles but his major artwork of women under a tree from the collection of the Buccaneer Hotel is a stunning composition complemented by prisms of color and light that dominate the prominent female figures. The detail in the blue and white dresses, with its mass of fabric, appears to have a floating and magical luminescent quality of high color tones. Simmond’s work suggests an expansive invisible tree protecting the women from the brilliant sunlight. The women represent the cultural tone of the day in the life of a citizen of the Caribbean. The exaggerated shoulders convey a proud attitude and underscore the intense conversation of important matters.
Simmonds masterfully creates a state of intimacy among the women. The careful placement of the two and the detail surrounding them, along with the activities of the women in the background and the dress patterns, give this complex work its connectiveness.
El’Roy earned a B.A in Elementary Education from the College of the Virgin Islands and went on to further his studies in Art at the Kunst Academy in Copenhagen Denmark in 1977. He later acquired his Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Pratt Institute Brooklyn, New York. El’Roy has participated in extensive one man and group exhibitions throughout the Caribbean, Denmark, and New York.