Roland Batchelor was born in London the son of artist Bernard Batchelor who insisted that he get a steady job. Although he started to paint very young he worked in the Civil Service for over forty years. Roland studied art in his spare time with George Morrow at Putney School of Art and Harry Watson at Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art. When he retired from the Civil Service in 1949 he studied at City and Guilds of London School under A R Middleton Todd. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and the Royal Watercolour Society. Roland was elected a member of the RWS in 1966. His work is held by the Victoria and Albert Museum. He loved France, a fluent French speaker his subjects include figures in French landscapes which were spontaneous and very free, expressing a love for the subjects which were shrewdly observed and full of humour.