An American Contemporary Artist who describes the goal of his artwork as the interplay of emotional and ethereal experiences. The method in his artistic formula often results in Realist, Figurative and Abstract imagery through traditional oil paintings and mixed media. The outward nature of emotion often results in a figurative expression—the more visceral the emotion the more realist the figurative expression. The ephemeral inner nature of ethereal experiences often manifests more in the abstract. LaRue fuses these intersections of inner and outer experiences into unique artistic expressions.
Living in Austin, Texas Doug first developed a passion for art from his mother, an Oil Painter with a passion for Texas landscapes and portraits. He learned the technical aspects of Photography and Sports from his father, a Mechanical Engineer / NCAA Football Referee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University College of Architecture while working as a NCAA Sports Photojournalist for United Press International and Associated Press. LaRue’s art education continued as a Medical Illustrator for the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences producing medical art. The University offered a wide range of workshops and training in traditional mediums, specialized graphics computers, cameras, video, film and digital press equipment. LaRue had the opportunity to attend the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Advanced Airbrush workshop at the Smithsonian Instituteof Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Doug’s work has been showcased in solo and group shows including the Texas State Capitol, Austin City Hall, The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University and the Forsyth Gallery Collections at Texas A&M University. Doug has designed architecture, designed and published books and magazines, published a nationally distributed Arts magazine, photographed science and music documentaries, art directed films and commercials, wrote and directed a Screen Actor's Guild Independent film, appeared inmovies and supports Water Conservation.