LaRue shares her love of the untold, unfinished story in her fantasy portraiture. At first glance you see a woman in a beautiful dress, but upon further study and careful exploration of her work, one notices similar themes; jewel tones, wildlife in bloom and decay, a nod to renaissance classics, and an almost ethereal look about her characters rendering them timeless and undefinable.
Having spent her early childhood in Florida, the water and ocean will appear as familiar characters in much of her work. However, a move to the thick forests of Virginia at the age of ten has heavily impacted a continued theme of nature and wildlife.
To describe LaRue’s methods would be quite like describing any mythical creature and how they arrive at their final destination. Years of carefully curating props, gowns, and odds and ends, coupled with a rigorous exploration of the Shenandoah Valley have aided her in month-long adventures and off the cuff meetings that make every picture a story all it’s own.