About RLL

Shooting is playtime. There isn't anything I'd rather be doing. Printmaking is work time. I love it, and that's why I print my own work. But it's the time to be a perfectionist, to be patient, to remember to write down everything I do ... to really focus on one image at a time. When I put a print out into the world, I want it to be of the very best quality I'm capable of making, and I want it to last 100 years or more.

Shooting is playtime. There isn't anything I'd rather be doing. Printmaking is work time. I love it, and that's why I print my own work. But it's the time to be a perfectionist, to be patient, to remember to write down everything I do ... to really focus on one image at a time. When I put a print out into the world, I want it to be of the very best quality I'm capable of making, and I want it to last 100 years or more.

I studied photography many years ago at the University of Texas at Austin while working on a master's degree in journalism/photojournalism. It was my great fortune to study with J.B. Colson, Dennis Darling, Maggie Steber and Larry Schaaf.

Through the years, I worked in small-town newspapers and some magazines, and did just about every job: writing, designing, shooting and editing. I taught briefly at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, and at Austin Community College. I curated shows at Photography 414 in Fredericksburg, Texas, including an exhibit of Imogen Cunningham's work. For that project, I included excerpts from old letters between Imogen and her family and friends, including her fellow f64 photographers, Ansel Adams and Minor White.

My documentary photo book, Don’t Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country, was published in 2010 by the University of Texas Press. The platinum prints I made were exhibited in several places in Texas. I was honored to be invited to speak at the Texas Book Festival as well as independent bookstores and a women's conference in Texas, and to sign books at the Humanities Texas Book Fair. After that hoopla died down, I decided to pursue a different kind of photography, something more expressive and personal. Maybe it was a result of having cancer, losing my mother, having my daughter graduate and leave home, hitting midlife and moving to a tiny town in the mountains.

I went to work in my studio and darkroom, working with platinum printing, gold leaf, Japanese papers, pigments and hand coloring. My recent teachers are two of my favorite photographers, Keith Carter and Kate Breakey. I've been working with platinum printing and gold leaf since studying with the amazing Dan Burkholder in 2009.

I print my own images in my darkroom and studio in the mountains of northern New Mexico.