FAQ

Does Doug have any available originals?

Yes! View all available originals here. Don’t forget to check back in as the collection steadily grows. Instagram and Facebook offers the most up-to-date window into the studio. Get affordable prints at LaRueArts.com

 

Can I commission Doug for a painting?

Yes! Currently there are a few people on the waitlist for new commissioned paintings. The wait is around 4 months. Minimum size dimensions are 24 x 24 in (60.96 x 60.96 cm) which starts at $2480. Custom dimensions are welcome, as canvases can be ordered at any size for specific large walls. If you would like to learn more about commissioning new art, contact the studio.  studio@laruearts.com
 

How does the refundable deposit for a commission painting work? 

A 50% deposit is needed to be added to the waitlist, however the full deposit is refundable at any time. The commission can be canceled prior to, during, or after the painting is finished either by Doug or the client. Art is very personal and subjective for both the client(s) and the artist, so in the event that a commissioned artwork is not claimed it will be released to the open market and/or the galleries. No harm done. This system has kept everybody happy, and mainly it allows Doug to follow his method which is inherent to his creative process. For a commission, typically clients will suggest a subject, and palette preferences. Doug does not accept all subjects or palettes but is happy  to hear what you have in mind. For example, a client might say they want a 72 in x 90 in horizontal artwork depicting something reminiscent of their favorite three paintings from his catalog. Since the deposit is 100% refundable Doug has the freedom to run with the suggestion and make it his own. The final artwork is a unique surprise for both Doug and the client.   

 

What is a Studio Proof?

There is a limited number of prints created of each artwork known as "Studio Proofs". These are in-house studio prints that are made during doug's process of final color correction on the artwork. Usually 10-12 prints are made at approximately12 x 18 in. (30.48 x 45.72 cm) These final color Studio Prints are limited edition hand signed, numbered and embossed.  Prints


Can I get custom sized prints and canvases from Doug?

Yes! Doug has affiliations with selected printers located in the United States that produce quality stretched canvases.  Contact the studio and request a quote by providing the title of the artwork you desire and the sizes you are most interested in.  Doug will choose the printer best suited for the type of artwork selected and get back to with a price that includes shipping. * Don't forget to sign the guestbook! ;-)

 

Can I get Limited Edition Embellished Canvases from Doug?

Yes! here are hand embellished canvas print of artwork you select from Doug's collection and it will be custom printed to a size you select then Doug will add to the painting and hand sign it. Contact the studio and request a quote by providing the title of the artwork you desire and the sizes you are most interested in.  Doug will get back to with a price that includes shipping. 

How did Doug discover his artistic talents?

Doug's talents were born from the education and training that started even before he had any idea as does most natural talents.  A father obsessed with Baseball started with hand eye coordination by throwing and catching any ball that was with in reach. He also had a passion for mechanical devices and loved cameras. My mother would naturally give me impromptu lessons in drawing and sketching every time she found a drawing tool in my hand. 

 

What inspired Doug to become an artist?

From a young age Doug knew that he loved to draw. He was praised by his teachers and classmates for the drawings he created. He put in many hours of practice throughout his childhood and learned a great deal from his mother who was an oil painter. The grade school Doug went to was more focused on Music as a creative outlet than art so Doug happily spent his time drawing in Music classes, which, for some reason no one seemed to mind! High school was different, Doug was allowed to skip beginner art classes and moved into advanced classes his freshman year. Doug was encouraged by both his parents, who supported his efforts to absorb as much knowledge about art and photography as he desired. Doug’s father was a mechanical engineer with an interest in photography was good friends who student / business associate of Ansel Adams who allowed Doug to assist him which lead to internships with several professional photographers.

 

Where did Doug grow up?

Doug was born in Amarillo, Texas but soon Doug moved to Dallas, Texas where he lived until going off to college. Blessed with the skills and talents introduced to him by his family and friends Doug was able to comfortably fit in with a wide range of social groups. Doug worked his way through his youth at Golf courses, movie theaters and camera stores. Doug was always encouraged to pursue his dreams, balancing a love for ones work with the pursuit of an art related career that would be more financially promising.  

 

Where did Doug go to school?

Doug attended advanced Art classes in high school, worked at camera stores, photo labs, interned with photographers including an associate and contemporary of Ansel Adams, attended university summer classes in advanced photography at Southern Methodist University, won a national publication design award and was featured in a documentary film which led to a college scholarship. Doug attended Texas A&M University where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Design (Architecture). As a way to further his Art education LaRue became a Medical Illustrator for one of the most prestigious Veterinary Medical Centers in the United States where is attended many artist workshops including Advanced Airbrush at the Smithsonian Institute of Natural History in Washington, D.C. 

 

How long has Doug been painting?

Doug has been painting since childhood but had to balance passion with income so he found jobs that were adjacent to "Artist".  Medical Illustrator, Production Artist, Lab Tech., Graphic Designer, Camera Operator, Photographer, Art Director, Creative Director, Producer, Architect...  Doug managed creative productions as he continued to paint and learn.  Eventually income derived from art production began to out perform design and brand management until it became the primary focus of his studio. Doug has published books and magazines, produced movies, directed photography for major cable tv networks, designed and built buildings and more but always come back to drawing and painting as a connection to his source creativity.

 

Where does Doug get inspiration for his art?

Early in Doug's career, while working as a Photographer Doug landed a commission to photograph a man's art collection in Houston, Texas. It turned out that the man was the retired CEO of the largest retail computer store chain on the west coast and his art collection was large, valuable and full of well known masters like Picasso, Rembrandt, Toulouse La Trek. Doug spent 2 days photographing all the art in the man's 3 story apartment in the Melrose district. One normally does not get the opportunity to touch or handle such works of art.  This was a profound experience for a young artist just getting started. To feel the surface of a 400 year old painting or run up a flight of stairs carrying an old antique easel only to frighten your client and find out that the rickety old easel is worth $200,000. 

While Doug used to rely more heavily on being inspired by photo references from his travels, in the past few years there has been a shift in the source of ideas. Doug spent years painting from photos in order to practice and develop technique knowing all along that conceptual subject matter is a key to his inspiration. Meditating has been a great source of ideas and direction. His recent paintings have been more conceptual  invoking inspiration through emotions. Doug will meditate then dive into an abstract canvas while continuing to meditate and focus on specific thoughts or general directions. Often times great conceptual mindful ideas reveal themselves while creating undirected abstract paintings.

 

What artists influence Doug’s work?

His work is influenced most by three of his favorite painters: Klimt, Van Gogh, and Picasso with a touch of Remedios Varo. He strives to one day have a signature style that others will be inspired by.

 

What advice does Doug have for young, aspiring artists?

Doug often tells young artists that an exploration of what gives meaning to your life in tandem with study and practice are essential to reaching their artistic goals. He also shares stories of his own success, telling fans about his years as an Art Director learning from seasoned professionals, which was an integral step required for turning art into a career. Social media has been a huge catalyst to Doug’s success. He places much importance on sharing through social media, and having pages specifically dedicated to art. The Web allows for free advertising, so new artists can gain traction in the art world with slow sustainable and organic growth. 

How long do Doug’s paintings take to complete?

Now that Doug is paintings a larger scale, his canvases take a few days to plan, and several weeks to complete. 

 

Does Doug teach classes?

Doug used to teach Photoshop and Photography classes, but has become too busy to continue teaching. He is now writing a three-part book about drawing, painting and photography.

 

What is Doug’s creative process?

Doug lives and works from his studio in Austin, Texas. An easy place to find yourself barefoot in the dirt, connected to the vibration of the planet. Doug needed his environment to become quiet so he could align his frequencies and connect to source. On painting days Doug is adorns a funky old sleeveless t-shirt and shorts, crank up the music and make sure Moo Moo the studio cat has food in her bowl. Most of his paintings begin with an iPhone note, photo reference or a page from one of 76 sketchbooks laying all over. Later he moves to Photoshop to build out the idea in full color using a system of digital collage or montage. Next he prints the digital sketch and preps his canvas with a colored wash of watered-down Holbein oils-his paints of choice. Once the base coat dries Doug launches full steam into the painting.  Most paintings are several days in a row of working 8-10 hour each day, and time flies as his brushes, gloves, knives and rags massage the canvas, feeling the thick oil colors or acrylics bringing the canvas to life. 

 

Has Doug considered experimenting with other techniques in the future?

Doug has always experimented with various mediums.  In fact Doug has approached all his creative endeavors from an Artist's perspective.  Wether it is designing buildings, producing movies or designing books and magazines there is a common thread to the conceptual approach. This is a part of education of a well rounded artist.  Doug’s primary mediums include ink, oils, acrylics and photography and digital tools like a stylus, drawing tablets and applications.

 

What has been Doug’s most difficult/technical painting and why?

Those with several humans included like “Big Band” or Armadillo Art Squad which is an ink illustration depicting a large number of artist’s portraits. If you are bold enough to create portraits of fellow contemporaries, then you better make sure the are accurate and flattering to the artist!