Roger Lanzini was born into an artistic family in the San Francisco Bay Area. After teaching college and high school English, he joined the family business of church design and restoration. For thirty years he traveled extensively in the United States and Europe for his work, and was fortunate to be able to study the art of the great masters up close while restoring murals and works done in oil. But he always appreciated and considered watercolor to be a challenging and satisfying medium.
After retiring to Somerset in 2000, Roger also began working in leather. He created sheaths for his handmade outdoor knives, covers for decks of cards, and more. He also designed and hand-crafted miniature cowhide saddles with themes: Trail Rider, Bounty Hunter, Lady Rancher, and others. The saddle blankets, bedrolls, coloring, accessories, and leather tooling are all designed by Roger and crafted to reflect the Placerville region's rugged history.