The Artists

D. LaRue Mahlke

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. Mahlke believes that being an artist is a calling that involves preserving, celebrating, and sharing in God’s creation, which motivates her to paint from the heart and challenges her to continually strive for excellence in her work.

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

2014 Work

Fence Line

Near to High Places

Rainy Day at West Thumb


Stress Release

2013 Work



Rock Rhythms

Salt Flats