Denise (D. LaRue) Mahlke is active/lives in Texas. Denise Mahlke is known for western landscape painting.
Denise LaRue Mahlke finds her inspiration in the rugged landscape and vast sky of the American West and in the subtle beauty and diversity of her native Texas, where she also teaches art classes and workshops.
Denise has been an Invited Artist to the Maynard Dixon Country exhibition of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts from 2003-2010, winning awards in 2003 and 2004.
Daren Brabham, Marketing Administrator, Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts
D. LaRue Mahlke
Born: February 24, 1957
Resides in Georgetown, Texas
D. LaRue Mahlke draws inspiration from the rugged landscape and vast sky of the American West and the subtle beauty and diversity of her native Texas. She can often be found painting along the back roads and byways near her home or exploring new territory from the Texas Hill Country to far West Texas, or from the Panhandle south to the Texas coast. She loves traveling and has enjoyed painting in such majestic places as southern Utah, northern Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and Maine, but most often, Denise finds her greatest inspiration in the quiet, simple, everyday scenes found in her own backyard.
Painting outdoors has become a part of life, for Denise. Close observation of nature's nuances of light, color, value, and texture has had the most impact on her work, over the years. Studying the works of the Masters such as William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, Emil Carlsen, Isaac Levitan, William Langson Lathrop, and many others has also contributed greatly to her growth. Committed to learning, she cites John F. Carlson's book, Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting as one of her strongest influences and uses her well-worn copy often in her own teaching. Denise has studied under the tutelage of a number of the country's best artists and considers their instruction and guidance an important part of her education in the principles of art.
Denise has been teaching art privately for ten years and now teaches workshops at the Fredericksburg Artists' School and other locations throughout the state and across the country. Teaching has helped to hone her skills and clarify her vision for her art and she enjoys sharing her abilities with those eager to learn. To Denise, it is an honor and a privilege to start others on their artistic journeys and to offer guidance and encouragement along the way. "I am grateful for the positive influence of the accomplished artists I have studied with through the years and to my students. They have helped raise the bar for my standard of excellence in teaching and in painting."
Recent honors and awards include having her work accepted into Salon International 2008, First Place in Pastels at the Phippen Museum 34th Annual Western Art Show, First Place in Pastels at the 2006 Scottsdale Artists' School Best and Brightest show, the RMPAP Award of Excellence in 2006 and Award of Merit in 2004, the Best Small Pastel Award and the Milford Zornes Best Work on Paper Award in 2003 and 2004 at the Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale. In 2007, Denise was awarded Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal's annual competition, as well as making Finalist in The Artist's Magazine for two of her landscapes. She is an Invited Artist to the prestigious Maynard Dixon Country Show (from 2003 - present) and is pleased to have participated in the Gilcrease Museum's American Art in Miniature show in 2007. Denise is a featured artist in the July 2008 issue of American Artist magazine in an article written by Editor-in-Chief, M. Stephen Doherty, and as an Artist to Watch in Southwest Art's June 2008 issue.
"To paint from the heart is the best way I know how to fulfill my role as artist and to give honor and praise to God through the work of my hands. My desire is that my work will reflect His glory to others. My hope is to touch people with my art, to communicate truth and beauty while making a connection emotionally, even spiritually. I count it a blessing if my work can give the viewer a sense of peace, joy, or encouragement."
In her paintings, D. Larue Mahlke intends to convey a quiet
thoughtfulness and passionate purpose, to evoke a sense of peace that
connects the viewer to the landscapes that she loves to paint, taking
the viewer into an intimate encounter with place. Mahlke feels a
spiritual connection for her subject and expresses her personal
response to the truth and beauty found in nature and its Creator.
LaRue Mahlke is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a
board member and former president of the Central Texas Pastel Society,
and a member of Plein Air Austin and American Plains Artists.
Recent honors and awards include:
First Place, Landscape, Art Renewal Center's International 2009/2010 ARC Salon
First in Pastels in the 34th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show
Best Small Pastel Award and the Milford Zornes Best Work on Paper Award at Maynard Dixon Country in 2003 and 2004.
Her work has been featured in American Artist, The Pastel Journal, Western Art Collector, and Southwest Art.
June 2009 Cover Competition Finalist
June 2008 Feature Article "Denise LaRue Mahlke: Art as a Calling" author: M. Stephen Doherty
Antiques and the Arts Weekly:
July 13, 2007 "Follow the Thunderbird" author: Carol Sims
June 2008 "Artists to Watch" author: Bonnie Gangelhoff
June 2010 Plein Air Portfolio of Artists author: Gussie Fauntleroy
The Artist's Magazine:
December 2007 The Year's Best Art
The Pastel Journal:
April 2008 9th Annual Pastel 100
April 2009 10th Annual Pastel 100 author: Michael Chesley Johnson
August 2010 State of the Art - "Lone Star Scenery"
Western Art Collector:
October 2008 "A Vision of Texas"
October 2009 "Founding Artists
InSight Gallery (Catalog) author: Maggie Gillespie
Desert Caballeros Western Museum ~ Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West
C.M. Russell Museum
The Russell catalog 2010
Masters in Miniature catalog 2010
Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts
Maynard Dixon Country catalog: 2003-2010
The Briscoe Western Art Museum
Night of Artists catalog 2010
The Museum of the Americas
American Art in Miniature catalog 2007 -2009
Exhibits - current:
Maynard Dixon Country 2003-2010
Masters in Miniature - CM Russell Museum
The Russell - CM Russell Museum