Born in England, Roland Gissing became a painter of Canadian mountains and foothills.
He was the son of an author and studied at George Watson's College in Edinburgh, Scotland. His love of American cowboy movies influenced his move to Canada in 1913, and for ten years, he worked as a ranch hand in Alberta, Montana, Nebraska, and Arizona.
Painter C.W. Jefferys in Calgary encouraged his art talent, and he settled near Cochrane at the fork of the Ghost and Bow Rivers. In 1929, he had his first one-man show, which was highly successful although he had had little formal instruction.
A studio fire in 1944 destroyed his oil paintings, so he turned to watercolor of the English school, painting in clear, soft tones.&
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