The Artist

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There is a quiet thoughtfulness to the work of D. LaRue Mahlke. Her paintings convey a sense of restfulness and peace that reflect the spiritual connection she feels for the landscape. "My desire is to express through my paintings and drawings, the emotional impact that I feel in my experience of being in nature,  rejoicing and delighting in God's creation. My hope is to give the viewer a deeper sense of connectivity to the beauty of nature and the joy that I find in Him."

Denise has been drawing most of her life, beginning when she was just a toddler. Encouraged by her family, she took art lessons when she was quite young, then later studied with artists she admired and respected through workshops. "Most artists I have met and studied with are very warm and giving people. Through the years, I have been truly blessed to have learned from a number of outstanding artists, who have become my colleagues and friends."

She continues to gain national recognition for her pastel paintings, which have been featured in numerous publications, including Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Plein Air, and Pastel Journal. She has been twice honored as winner of the First Place award in Landscape with the Art Renewal Center's International Salon. In 2013, she was awarded the Gold Medal for works on paper and Best of Show award at the Phoenix Art Museum's West Select show.

Denise is a Master Signature member of American Women Artists, a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and an Out-of-State-Artist member of the California Art Club.



Selected Exhibitions

2016

  • Small Works Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum ~ Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Cowgirl Up! ~ Desert Caballeros Western Museum - Wickenburg, AZ.

  • 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition ~ California Art Club, Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY.

  • Maxwell Alexander Gallery Small Works Exhibition, Culver City, CA.

  • Grapevine Gallery Women Artists Show, Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Dixon Camp Out Fine Art Invitational, Mt. Carmel, UT.

2015

  • Grapevine Gallery ~ Winter Show and Sale, Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Grapevine Gallery ~ 40th Annual Drunch Week Exhibition, Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Dixon Camp Out Fine Art Invitational, Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Panhandle Plains Invitational Art Show and Sale, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, TX.

  • Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY.

  • Artistic Horizons Invitational Fine Art Show, Bozeman, MT.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale, Mt. Carmel, UT.

2014

  • The West Select, Phoenix Art Museum ~ Phoenix, AZ.

  • Small Works Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum ~ Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Panhandle Plains Invitational Art Show and Sale, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum ~ Canyon, TX.

  • 29th Annual Bosque Art Classic, Bosque Arts Center ~ Clifton, TX.

  • Vermilion Cliffs & The Four Corners Exhibition, Maxwell Alexander Gallery ~ Culver City, CA.

  • Prevailing Winds - American Women Artists, Booth Western Art Museum ~ Cartersville, GA.

  • American Women Artists 17th Annual Exhibition, Addison Art Gallery ~ Orleans, MA.

  • Movement & Stillness, InSight Gallery ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

2013

  • The West Select, Phoenix Art Museum ~ Phoenix, AZ.

  • Small Works Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum ~ Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Artistic Horizons ~ Bozeman, MT.

2012

  • Small Works Great Wonders, National Cowboy & Western Art Heritage Museum ~ Oklahoma City, OK.

  • Texas Masters, InSight Gallery ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Holiday Small Works, InSight Gallery ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Coors Western Art Exhibit Silent Auction ~ Denver, CO.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Artistic Horizons ~ Bozeman, MT.

  • Petit Salon, M Gallery of Fine Art ~ Charleston, SC.

2011

  • C.M. Russell Museum, The Russell ~ Great Falls, MT.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Randy Higbee Gallery, 6 Inch Squared Exhibit ~ Costa Mesa, CA.

  • M Gallery, Private Spaces ~ Charleston, SC.

  • InSight Gallery, Fall Showcase ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • InSight Gallery, Texas Stampede ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • InSight Gallery, Small Works ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

2010

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Masters in Miniature, C.M. Russell Museum ~ Great Falls, MT.

  • The Russell, C.M. Russell Museum ~ Great Falls, MT.

  • American Plains Artists, Great Plains Art Museum ~ Lincoln, NE.

  • Night of Artists, Briscoe Western Art Museum ~ San Antonio, TX.

  • Cowgirl Up! Desert Caballeros Western Museum ~ Wickenburg, AZ.

  • Celebrations, InSight Gallery ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Texas Stampede, InSight Gallery ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

2009

  • Founding Artist's Show, InSight Gallery ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Cowgirl Up!  Desert Caballeros Western Museum ~ Wickenburg, AZ.

2008

  • Streams of Life, Whistle Pik Galleries ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery ~ San Antonio, TX.

  • Phippen Museum 34th Annual Western Art Show ~ Prescott, AZ.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Texas Dual, Mark Haworth and D LaRue Mahlke ~ Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, TX.

  • American Art in Miniature 2008, Gilcrease Museum ~ Tulsa, OK.

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

2007

  • Texas Review, Whistle Pik Galleries ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters ~ Winter Park, CO.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Gilcrease Museum ~ American Art in Miniature 2007 ~ Tulsa, OK.

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

2006

  • Scottsdale Artists' School Best and Brightest Juried Art Show and Sale ~ Scottsdale, AZ.

  • Horizons 2006 Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Lakeway, TX.

  • Texas Review, Whistle Pik Galleries ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters ~ Winter Park, CO.

  • Maynard Dixon Country Invitational Fine Art Show and Sale ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Brushes to Bronze Fine Art Invitational ~ Keller, TX.

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

2005

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Texas Review ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Maynard Dixon Country ~ Mt.Carmel, UT.

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Graceful Discoveries Palette Show ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

2004

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Texas Review ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Graceful Discoveries Showcase, Whistle Pik Galleries ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters 2004 ~ Estes Park, CO.

  • Maynard Dixon Country 2004 ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

2003

  • Maynard Dixon Country 2003 ~ Mt. Carmel, UT.

  • Painting The Parks, Estes Park Plein Air ~ Estes Park, CO.

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • Cultural Activities Center ~ Temple, TX. ~ One-Woman Show

  • Nature's Palette Plein-Air Invitational ~ Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center ~ Austin, TX.

  • North Hills Gallery Pastel Exhibition ~ Austin, TX.

  • Hill Country Arts Foundation Visual Impressions Plein Air Invitational ~ Ingram, TX.

2002

  • Arts for the Parks Mini 50 Competition

  • Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show ~ Fredericksburg, TX.

  • American Plains Artists Exhibition ~ Odessa, TX.

  • Ellen Noel Art Museum 18th Annual American Plains Artists Benefit Show & Sale ~ Midland, TX.

  • American Women Artists Fifth Annual Competition ~ Santa Fe, NM.

  • Bosque Conservatory of Fine Art National Show ~ Clifton, TX.

2000 - 2001

  • Bosque Conservatory of Fine Art National Show ~ Clifton, TX.

  • American Plains Artists Exhibition ~ Odessa, TX.


Awards

  • The West Select ~ Phoenix Art Museum:

    • Gold Medal Works on Paper

    • Best in Show 2013

  • Pastel Journal - Pastel 100:

    • Third place in Landscape

  • Art Renewal Center International 2011/2012 ARC Salon:

    • First Place in Landscape

  • Pastel Journal ~ 13th Annual Pastel 100 Competition:

    • Fifth Place in Landscape

  • Art Renewal Center International 2009/2010 ARC Salon:

    • First Place in Landscape

  • Randy Higbee Gallery 6 Inch Squared Exhibit:

    • First Place Award

  • Phippen Museum 34th Annual Western Show:

    • First Place in Pastels

  • The Pastel Journal's 10th Annual Pastel 100 Competition ~ Animal/Wildlife Category:

    • Second Place Award

  • The Pastel Journal's 10th Annual Pastel 100 Competition ~ Landscape Category:

    • Honorable Mention

  • Pastel Journal 9th Annual Competition 2007:

    • Honorable Mention

  • Landscape Division, The Artists' Magazine Annual Competition 2007

    • Finalist

  • Scottsdale Artists' School ~ Best and Brightest 2006:

    • First Place in Pastels

  • Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters 2006 Show:

    • Award of Excellence 2006

  • Central Texas Pastel Society 2005 Membership Show:

    • Best of Show

  • Maynard Dixon Country 2004 Show:

    • Milford Zornes Best On Paper Award

  • Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters 2004 Show:

    • Award Of Merit

  • Central Texas Pastel Society 2004 Membership Show:

    • Best Of Show

  • Scottsdale Artists' School 2003:

    • Tuition Scholarship

  • Maynard Dixon Country 2003 Show:

    • Best Small Pastel Award

  • Arts for the Parks 2002 Mini 50 Competition:

    • Top 50

  • Bosque Conservatory of Fine Art 2002 Show:

    • Tuition Scholarship

  • American Plains Artists 2002 National Show:

    • Honorable Mention

  • Austin Pastel Society 2001 Show:

    • First Place in Portrait

    • Second Place Overall

    • People's Choice Award

  • Central Texas Pastel Society 2001 Membership Show:

    • Winsor & Newton Award of Merit

  • Pastel Society of the Southwest Show 1998:

    • Kay Polk Portrait/Figure Award