Exposed to a wide range of creative expression at an early age Doug 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. LaRue began to win art contests in grade school and flew through honors Art classes in high school, worked at camera stores, golf courses, photo labs, interned with several photographers, attended summer classes at Southern Methodist University, won a national publication design award and featured in a film which led to a college scholarship.
Doug graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University College of Architecture while he worked as a Sports Photojournalist for newpapers, United Press International and Associated Press. LaRue’s art education continued while working as a Medical Illustrator for the Texas A&M Uninversity College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences training with traditional mediums, specialized graphics computers, video and film and digital press equipment. LaRue attended workshops including the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Advanced Airbrush workshop at the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Recently Doug’s work has been showcased in solo shows and significant group shows including The 13th Annual “People’s Gallery Exhibition” at Austin City Hall 2017-2018. His work is included in The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, Forsyth Gallery Collections, Memorial Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, Austin, Texas. Doug served on the Board of Directors of Summer in the City Arts & Music Festival, Austin, Texas 2005 and the Artist Coalition of Austin 1992-1994. His work was featured in a cover story by Steam Magazine in 2016.