Herb Roe was born and spent his childhood in the rural Appalachian foothills region of Southern Ohio and Northeastern Kentucky. In 1992 he received a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and attended his freshman year there. In the summer of 1993 he met Louisiana mural artist Robert Dafford and subsequently apprenticed to and worked for Dafford for 15 years on projects throughout the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys. As a Dafford Muralist, Roe specialized in large scale, long term historical mural projects. Often connected with local Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Bureaus and Downtown Development Agencies; these projects were designed to stimulate and rejuvenate economically troubled small town communities suffering from post-industrial blight. Many of these projects took between 5 and 10 years to complete, and ranged from 1 to 75 murals in each town. In 2007 Roe began to pursue a career as a fine artist specializing in oil paintings depicting the importance of communtiy through the lens of the local culture and history of his adopted home in South Louisianas Acadiana region.