Whether she’s painting Gulf Coast marsh grasses, towering vermilion cliffs or other scenes of the Mountain West, Denise LaRue Mahlke is sharing her spiritual connection to nature. ”The emotional response to a scene is what makes me stop and take notice,” she says. “Whether I’m outdoors or looking through digital images on my computer screen, it’s that heart response—triggered by the light, color or mood—that inspires me.”
Enjoy her pastel landscapes of (mostly) the desert southwest here, and read more about the artist in the October issue of Pastel Journal, available now in our online shop and on newsstands September 16.
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