​​Mary Lou Goertzen
Deadwood Gallery is your source for original artwork

All artwork are originals posted to Mary Lou's website exclusively by  friend and neighbor, Karl Logan of the Deadwood Trading Post.  It is a privilege to work with Mary Lou and her family. 

Mary Lou Goertzen, born in 1929 in Kansas, is an American artist, Mennonite, and peace activist.
She is well-known for her pen-and-ink drawings highlighted with splashes of watercolor, most often of flowers and plants.

From 1980 through 1990, her drawings graced a series of porcelain china she designed for Block China of New York.

She currently resides in Deadwood, Oregon.

Read more at MaryLouGoertzen.com
Simplicity of a Flower

Article from the Eugene Register Guard, April 15, 1984
Contact Mary Lou Goertzen directly:

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A message from Mary Lou's son, Dave Goertzen:

This is a lifetime of work by my mom Mary Lou Goertzen and these original drawings date back 40 to 50 years in some cases. Many of these drawings were unrealized note cards, posters and China designs. My mother lived for the personal connection with her artwork and it is not uncommon to receive letters and phone calls from people around the world who enjoy her artwork. The amount of work in her studio is vast and we as her children would literally need a warehouse to display it all.  She is donating some of her collection to her college and a few organizations yet the lions share will be available on this site thanks to our neighbor Karl who has put in countless hours to realize this. The personal connection is still very much valued by my mom and she can be reached by email at Mary Lou Goertzen @Peak.org or snail mail  91781 Deadwood Creek Road, Deadwood, Oregon 97430
From Bethel College website ...

The Artist Interprets Life   by John F. Schmidt - page 153

Among many other artistic endeavors, Mary Lou Goertzen is a painter, embroiderer, and most recently, a quilter.

Mary Lou’s new book, Lap and Nap Quilts and Comforters, showcases 25 quilts she created from 1992 to 2013, along with handwritten notes about each.

The quilts, visual interpretations of day-to-day life experiences and emotions, are often inspired by her connections to loved ones. Many of the quilts were created as a means of sharing her feelings of grief and loss after the 2004 death of her husband Ernie, also an artist.

As Mary Lou notes in the book’s introduction: “The quilts are all made by hand with every stitch a prayer.”

She currently resides in Deadwood, Oregon.

Mary Lou’s family in Kansas in 1944. Mary Lou is on the far right.

An 82-year-old Mennonite turned Berkeley artist shares her fascinating story as we cook an ancient family recipe.  Read full story in Salon. 

Published in Salon, 11/5/11.


"Sunday Crepes" 

Earnie and Mary Lou Goertzen having Sunday Crepes with the family in their home redesigned from an old school house in Deadwood, Oregon.
Windmill, 1934

Mary Lou's parents were a huge part of her inspiration.  This drawing was framed and placed on the wall for everyone to enjoy, especially Mary Lou.  At only 5 years old Mary Lou had talent all she needed was inspiration.

Mary Lou continued to draw anything and everything.  At school, Mary Lou was encouraged by her teacher who in turn encouraged Mary Lou's parents to provide Mary Lou with all the art supplies they could afford.


The year was 1936.  Mary Lou Rich was 7 years old.  Mary Lou loved art and drew this picture for her friend at school.  Over 80 years later her childhood friend, now nearing 90 years old, mailed this picture back to Mary Lou.  

Mary Lou remembers her art teacher encouraging her parents to keep Mary Lou in art supplies as this particular teacher saw great potential in Mary Lou.

Mary Lou Rich, now Mary Lou Goertzen, has had a prolific career mastering her art and producing thousands of watercolors.  In addition to framing Mary Lou's masterful work, many of her watercolors can be enjoyed on Block Spal China, Porcelin tiles, and even tee shirts.  
Hickel Company, 1947

At 17 years old Mary Lou had become a very talented artist.  Hinkel, a local department store  in Kansas, held design contests which Mary Lou was all to eager to enter.   Mary Lou aspired to be a dress designer and won several years in a row.  

After a few years, Mary Lou decided not to enter these contests, as she no longer required affirmation of her skills.   Mary Lou decided to apply her talent in other forms of art and we are glad she did. 
​​Mary Lou Goertzen's original watercolors were finely crafted into prints by Thomas/Hoe.

These paintings were printed on note cards, stationary, and wedding invitations.  You can now enjoy Mary Lou's  original paintings through this website. 


Mary Lou Goertzen's  watercolors were also finely crafted into prints by Portal Publications. 

These paintings grace the walls of of thousands worldwide.   You can find Mary Lou's  paintings on note cards, stationary, calendars, tee shirts, and Block Spal China.  


Mary Lou Goertzen's  watercolors can be also be enjoyed on Block Spal China.  

Jay Block approached Mary Lou in the 80's with a desire to produce fine china displaying her artwork.  Mary Lou was not interested in traveling so Mr. Block came to visit Mary Lou in Deadwood, Oregon.

Mary Lou spent countless hours developing prototypes for Jay Block.  The results were extrordinary and now thousands enjoy Mary Lou's unique paintings with their daily meal.