Texas artist Denise La Rue Mahlke works in pastel and charcoal in creating her sensitive, atmospheric landscapes.
She uses the character of her mediums to advantage to create soft-edged, textural compositions that often have a tonalist feel, particularly when combined with her subtle color sense and often restrained value ranges.
My personal reaction to many of her pieces is frequently one of wistful contemplation, as if of a vaguely remembered point in time — the glimpse of beauty you sometimes have in the moments between the doing of things.
The images on her website are not as large as one might hope, but there are somewhat larger ones on Insight Gallery (look for text link for “full-size image”), Chamberlain Fine Art, and accompanying an interview with Mahlke conducted by John Pototschnik.
There is also an article on Mahlke from 2013 in Southwest Art.
4 Replies to “Denise La Rue Mahlke”
Lovely paintings. The chickens in the farmyard painting is my favorite. I’m always impressed with your writings about the variety of artists you feature. Your evaluations or reflections always seem spot-on and very well-worded. Thanks for bringing some amazing artists to our attention.
Thanks, Stephanie. I’m glad you appreciate my commentary as well as the selection of artists.
Thank you for sharing her work. She produces very powerful images, and her handling of light is captivating.
There is also an article in Western Art and Architecture and wonderful images on the http://www.thunderbirdfoundation.com and under the Maynard Dixon Country tab. Wonderful artist.
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