Doug graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University College of Architecture while he worked as a NCAA Sports Photojournalist for regional publications, 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 and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Advanced Airbrush workshop at the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Doug’s work was first showcased in University galleries with his first solo showing 1989 at the Brazos Stock Exchange Gallery in Bryan, Texas and in recent years at the Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas City Hall, The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University and the Forsyth Gallery Collections at Texas A&M University. Doug has designed commercial architecture, designed and published books and magazines, art directed films and commercials, director of photography, producer and director on movies, music videos and documentary films, appeared in a few studio features and independent films, most notably the Mike Judge movie "Idiocracy". Doug supports water, wildlife and environmental conservation causes.