Charles LaRue was practically born drawing, and found in childhood that he could only understand the visual world if he explored it the way an artist does: breaking it down and building it back up again from its components. He graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design (illustration major; design minor) with an Associates of Fine Arts degree in 1982 and did commercial and freelance art and design. He was simultaneously beginning to explore the world of fine art painting. When he discovered alkyd resin-based paints, he was hooked. His art has been displayed in numerous galleries, private, corporate and public collections, and he has pieces that have been purchased for, and have traveled to, foreign nations, including France, Greece, and South Korea. He has won numerous awards in competitions and has been involved in solo and group art shows for many years.