Ardis Harsche

Ardis was born and raised in North Dakota, ranched by the Cannonball River next to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and, also, lived near the Theodore Roosevelt Badlands National Park where she observed and painted the buffalo, deer and other wild animals that roamed free in their natural environment.

Inspired by the cave paintings of the Paleolithic Period, the earth colors, heavy texture, and flowing encaustic wax medium of these paintings creates a “hunk of the cave” and beckons the viewer to reach out and touch the cave surface, and connect with our primal ancestors.

“My art has been a journey of experimenting with realism, impressionism, and abstraction. My cave paintings have brought me back to my roots by combining the images of my youth and the experiences of my past.”

Ardis received her BFA from the Herron School of Art, Indianapolis Indiana. Her art studio is located at her historic home in Clarkdale, Az. To find more about the artist and her work, you are invited to visit her website at