G Russell Case

Western painter G Russell Case is inspired by nature. His sweeping, idealized versions of the western landscape combine the beauty of the natural world with rich imagination and originality. While there is an unmistakable honesty in his painted environments—stemming from his engagement with the land and painting directly from nature—Case's work is unfettered by philosophy, though he is surely a student of his artistic forebears. The monumental scale of Maynard Dixon, or the unfiltered color and light of Thomas Moran both find their way onto canvas. Yet Case's work is simple, pure, and fresh; his painting draws in the viewer with timeless landscapes. We are immediately transported into a world created by shadow and light, of immense vistas punctuated by jagged mountains and inhabited by working cowboys.

His father, Garry Case, who was also an artist, first encouraged Russell’s artistic talents. The younger Case began translating his surroundings into watercolors, creating a foundation for the liquid vibrancy found in his later oils.

This transition to oils developed during his college years, where Case studied with the intent to become a professor of art. After graduating from Utah State University in 1990 and with the support of his wife, Susanne, Case dedicated himself to painting full-time. 

Kyle Sims

At age 16 Kyle Sims knew his purpose. From a very young age, he recalls having the urge to create. Without prompt, be began drawing the world around him. 

“To share our experiences is a core human need,” Sims said. “I wanted to share my experiences of being with animals and nature through painting. It became an obsession and has never left me.”

Sims carried his fascination with the natural world into art, following his instincts to create. Born in 1980 and raised near Cheyenne, Wyoming, Sims began drawing. His parents recognized and nurtured his talent, and throughout school he learned the fundamentals and principles of art. 

Sims, though, took a direction that was uniquely his, influenced by the wildlife surrounding him. At age 16, he began to heavily study the works of those who painted wildlife in a realistic manner and in the medium of acrylics. 

Thorough study, Sims learned the importance of painting from life. Painting in the field altered the way he saw his subjects, training his eye and his paintbrush to portray subjects in an authentic setting. Sims recalls his time using acrylics as being a great way to continue his improvement with drawing and layering with paint because they dry very quickly, making the layering process more efficient.

After high school, Sims attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he spent much of his time in the Beartooth Mountains. He truly feels that getting outside is paramount and is half or more of the enjoyment of being a wildlife artist. 

Every year, Sims’s art evolves through practice and study.  This isn’t something forced, but rather a product of time and passion, a talent nurtured from the curiosities of his youngest self.

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. 

"My desire is to express through my paintings and drawings, something of what I felt in my experience of being in nature, in that place, rejoicing in the moment. My hope is to give the viewer a deeper sense of connectivity to nature and its Creator."   

D. LaRue Mahlke 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.

"I love the immediacy and freshness of pastels, as well as the vibrancy and feel of working with sticks of pure pigment." 

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.


Jesse Powell

Jesse Powell paints a lucid line between impressionist and realism. A lover of the abstract qualities of oil Paint, Powell is drawn to the layered thickness of paint and how it builds over time.

“I try not to be too formulaic in how I apply paint,” Powell said. “The surface of a painting is always more interesting when there is variety.”

Powell was born in 1977 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting and drawing and went on to study Russian Impressionism in the Republic of Georgia.

Powell draws influence from many of today’s living artists, such as Matt Smith, Clyde Aspevig, and John Cosby, along with many California and American impressionists. His work has received numerous awards, including second place in the 2013 Plein Air Salon, and in July 2014 Jesse became the first living artist to have a painting acquired for the permanent collection of the Irvine Museum. 

Jesse's paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including shows at The Fischer Museum at USC, The Laguna Art Museum, The Pasadena Museum of California History, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, and The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Tim Cherry

Born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1965, Tim Cherry grew up along the rugged Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia. Escaping into the wilds was—and still is—a spiritual experience, and here Cherry developed a love of wildlife and the outdoors. In his younger years, Cherry worked guided extensive trips, venturing further into the vast expanses of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Throughout his experiences, his keen eye and mind were recording the shapes and movement of the wild animals of this vast wilderness.

“I find an unlimited supply of ideas within the natural world,” Cherry said. “I continue to explore those inspirations through my art everyday—creating sculptures that are well orchestrated, balanced, emotionally interesting, stimulating and lyrical.”

Tim produces sculptures that not only attract the viewers’ eye but also their hands. “My sculptural approach involves the use of simplified shapes and lines to produce curvilinear forms. I enjoy orchestrating these elements into sculpture that is rhythmic, flowing, and inviting to the touch. Capturing the grace and elegance of my subjects is a primary goal.”

Cherry’s path to sculpture began in 1988, when  he met noted sculptor Dan Ostermiller, who invited him to visit his studio in Loveland, Colorado. Cherry went on to work in the studio for both Ostermiller and Fritz White, learning the skills necessary for the sculptural process, as well as trying stone carving. Carving alabaster, Cherry began to find within it shapes of animals, which were to become his life work.

Cherry’s unique style is a result of expression. Each sculpture contains personality, movement and behavior. The animals pulse with and innately celebrate life. Grace and elegance are qualities immediately recognizable in Cherry’s work, but another quality is frequently present: a sense of whimsy, which marks a number of his works.

The sculptures are issued in small editions, a fact which collectors truly appreciate. The bronze sculptures are also enhanced by Cherry’s highly polished surfaces, which glimmer with reflective light making them incredibly tactile.

Cherry has been recognized by his peers: at the age of twenty-five, he gained membership in the Society of Animal Artists, and five years later, he was elected to membership in the National Sculpture Society and also the National Sculptors Guild. In 2001, Cherry received the James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award, presented annually at the Prix de West for sculpture exhibiting exceptional merit as deemed by the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Cherry received the prestigious Bronze Medal 2001, Bedi-Makky 2002 and Elliot Gantz and Company 2003 awards from the National Sculpture Society. Cherry’s sculpture can be found in galleries throughout North America; in collectors’ homes, internationally; and gracing the pages of Southwest Art, Wildlife Art, Art of the West, and other magazines.