A native of Rochester, New York, Roland "Chip" Stevens resides in Pultneyville, New York, with his wife Georgia, who is his enthusiastic supporter.
Upon graduation from Syracuse School of Architecture, Roland studied privately with Jossey Bilan, a noted painter in Keene, New York. For the past forty years, he has had a career as a county planner and registered architect. In addition to painting, which he has been pursuing more avidly since retiring, he has found more time to sail, ski, travel, and search for shipwrecks.
Over the last 20 years he has been accepted in numerous juried, national, state, and regional exhibitions. He is a “Signature Member” of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, National Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Niagara Frontier Transparent Watercolor Society, Central New York Watercolor Society, Rochester Art Club, and Whiskey Painters of America. He is also a member of the American Watercolor Society and American Society of Marine Artists.
"As an architect, having been trained to explore the multiple possibilities of every design, I have found it equally exciting and rewarding to apply that training towards watercolor painting. I search for natural subject matter that presents an interesting challenge, frequently changing the focal point of interest by how I apply color.
"I usually sketch directly and apply some under glazes to set up a theme and depending on how quickly it dries, will proceed, allowing numerous options to remain open for shifting the focal point. The challenge and excitement is in not recording all the fact but in trying to capture a likeness while experiencing unique and unpredictable outcome."