Roland was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is a self-taught artist. At the age of 6 he started drawing the cartoons in the Saturday morning comic section of the news. At the age of 15 his father gave him his first paint set. This opened up a whole new world for him. He wanted to go to art school, but circumstances did not work out for him. This did not stop him, His desire to expand his talent was inspired by such artist as Boris Vallejo, Frank Frazetta, and many others. He practiced as much as he could. He bought books and studied them with a passion. Many who view his work are amazed to see how his talent has grown. He has had commissions to do portraits and paintings for collectors. His genre has varied over the years from fantasy to history and the bible. Roland says he paints because it brings him so much pleasure and even greater joy when people admire his work.