Doug La Rue, Austin Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement Douglas Edward La Rue is an accomplished award winning artist, designer and photographer known for bold ink, conceptual imagery and vibrant expressionist works. A versatile talented designer that works in many mediums, La Rue has a passion for the conceptual image, which acts as a cornerstone in his process.
Being the offspring of a structural engineer father who designed bridges and airplanes and a mother who was a skilled oil painter—his education began at a very early age. He designed his first book cover in high school. The book won a national publication design award and Doug was inducted into the National Honor Society and the National Quill and Scroll Honor Society. After school, Doug worked in a camera store and interned with 3 professional photographers before graduating including Dan Coleman, a photography teacher, friend and associate of Ansel Adams.
Doug graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design in 1987. While in college, La Rue worked as a photojournalist and provided images for United Press International and Associated Press, he was also on the board of directors for the Texas A&M University Camera Committee, taught classes in photography and even made the Dean's List in the school of Architecture.
A position at the Texas Veterinary Medical Center as a Medical Illustrator, gave him an excellent opportunity to get training in illustration at the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, D.C as well as specialized training from Adobe and Apple among many others.
His work has appeared world wide in books, magazines, newspapers, movies, on television and is commissioned by entertainers, musicians, private collectors, corporations, politicians state and federal agencies and universities.