Denise LaRue Mahlke
Communion, pastel on paper, 20″ x 32″
In earnest observation and study of nature’s nuances, Denise finds the emotional and spiritual connection that is ultimately revealed in her sensitive portrayals of the American landscape. Her paintings evoke a sense of peace, intimately connecting the viewer with place. “Painting allows me to communicate the celebratory beauty of God’s creation with others.” A professional artist since 1998, Denise has gained national recognition for her landscape paintings. Her artwork can be found in private and public collections throughout the U.S. and abroad.
I find great inspiration in the subtle beauty and diversity of the Texas landscape. I am fond of cloud-filled skies and wide-open spaces, but I am also drawn to quiet, intimate scenes that require a closer look. Wherever I am outdoors, it is the light and atmosphere that plays the major part in my desire to paint a particular place.
Annual painting trips, mostly out West, bring new horizons to explore, making a lasting impression on my work. Soft pastel is my medium of choice for much of my work, whether in the studio or on location.
Master-Signature Member of American Women Artists; Signature Member of Pastel Society of America and the American Tonalist Society; Out-of-State Member of California Art Club
Winning the Purchase Award has such enormous significance for me, it’s every artist’s dream to be in a museum and my work, Lee’s Ferry Landing, will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum for as long as I live. I’m so thankful to the American Women Artists for that opportunity.”
— Lili Ann Laurin
AWA Artists, AZ