Denise LaRue Mahlke

Communion, pastel on paper, 20″ x 32″

Denise LaRue Mahlke
( b. 1957)


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.

Artist's Statement:

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


Grapevine Gallery
Oklahoma City, OK

Oh Be Joyful Gallery
Crested Butte, CO

RS Hanna Gallery
Fredericksburg, TX

Studio Gallery
Waco, TX

Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts
Mt. Carmel, UT

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