Exposed to a wide range of creative expression at an early age Doug La Rue embraced the raw organic nature of painting expressed by his mother, an accomplished Oil Painter and the technical aspects of Photography and Design from his father, an Engineer. In elementary school Doug would draw muscle cars and sell them to his friends for their milk money.
He began to win art contests by 8th grade and flew through advanced honors Art classes in high school. LaRue attended summer classes in photography at Southern Methodist University. He interned with several photographers before college including Dan Coleman, a family friend and Fine Art Photographer who studied and worked alongside Ansel Adams in the 1960’s. As member of the yearbook staff his team won a national publication design award and was featured in a documentary film which led to a college scholarship. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design while working as a photojournalist and artist for newspapers, magazines and for Associated Press and United Press International.
After graduation Doug spent three years as a Medical Illustrator for the Texas Veterinary Medical Center at Texas A&M University where he continued to study art by attending specialized workshops. Most notably the Advanced Airbrush Workshops at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. LaRue moved to Austin, Texas, to take a position as Art Director for The Littlest Book Company. The challenges and friendships that grew from the publishing company allowed Doug to venture into creatively related fields like Architecture, Cinematography, Film Editing and Producing / Directing a Screen Actors Guild Independent Film.