A native Texan, Roland Castanie was born and raised on the Gulf Coast. After graduating from Texas City High School he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. His interest in medicine and a realistic and accurate style of art led him to the field of medical illustration at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he held the position of medical illustrator and Supervisor of Medical Art. He received further training and taught in the Masters Degree Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. His experience and training at these institutions greatly influenced his art and graphic design work.
Roland’s interest in wildlife and the outdoors began at an early age and have played a significant role in his art. An avid sportsman, the accuracy with which he portrays his subject matter reflects his careful attention to detail. His art is the result of years of observation, training and discipline.
Roland enjoys working with a variety of mediums including pen and ink, colored pencil, acrylic and graphite. Although known for his wildlife work, he is actively involved with western and cowboy subjects as well as sporting dogs. In recent years he has added portraiture to his body of work, enjoying the unique experience of capturing the person as well as the minute details that make his human subjects so fascinating to depict.
A strong supporter of conservation groups for over 35 years, Roland’s art has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Ducks Unlimited for which they have awarded him their Gold Foil Award and Conservation Service Award. He has also produced art that has raised funds for The National Wild Turkey Federation, The Texas Game Warden Association, Coastal Conservation Association, Safari Club International and The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Roland is actively involved with the Vietnam Veterans of America, producing original art and prints to fund their scholarship programs. This effort has expanded from its local beginnings to the national level. Roland’s print, “On Behalf of a Grateful Nation”, has been presented to over 3600 Gold Star families across the United States. He has produced several pieces for the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas, the 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas, the 101st Airborne at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, the 82nd Airborne and 2nd Special Forces Group at Ft. Benning, Georgia and the USMC Vietnam Tankers Association. Roland’s military art can be found at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial at Angel Fire, New Mexico, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Museum, the 1st Cavalry Division Museum, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and scores of VA clinics and VFW halls. Roland has always had a great deal of admiration and respect for those who serve in the military and is gratified to be able to focus attention on their sacrifices and courage.
Roland has produced a number of pieces for the City of Texas City, including the Millennium Mural in the Doyle Convention Center and the Texas City Historical Mural in the Nessler Center. Roland taught art and graphics at Texas City High School for 21 years and also served as Adjunct Professor of Graphics at College of the Mainland. Roland and his wife Peggy have been blessed with two wonderful children, Monique and Roland III. Monique, a SWT graduate and husband Steve live in Austin and have given Roland the gift of two grandsons, Evan and Logan. Roland III (Cass), a Texas A&M graduate also resides in Austin.
Roland’s art is ever evolving and he looks forward to whatever new challenge awaits him in the future. He has often said that there are not enough days in one lifetime to investigate all the possibilities art has to offer.