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 hope is to give the viewer a deeper sense of connectivity to the beauty and joy of God’s creation.”
A professional artist since 1998, Mahlke has gained national recognition for her pastel paintings and participates in prestigious shows and events annually, including Maynard Dixon Country, California Art Club Gold Medal Show, and Small Works, Great Wonders at the National Cowboy Museum. In 2017, her work was featured in “Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present” exhibit at the Booth Western Art Museum and in “Stormy Weather: Western Atmospheres” exhibition at the Desert Caballeros Museum. Her work has been exhibited at the Booth Museum, Rockwell Museum, and Steamboat Art Museum as a Master Signature member of the American Women Artists.
Publications that have featured her work include Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Plein Air, and Pastel Journal. She was twice honored as First Place award winner 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 at Phoenix Art Museum’s West Select show.
She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a Signature member of the American Tonalist Society, Master Signature member of American Women Artists, and an Out-of-State-Artist member of the California Art Club.
Oh Be Joyful Gallery, Crested Butte, Colorado, R.S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, Mt. Carmel,Utah. Tia Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.