Art Gallery

A ministry of Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids

Art Gallery

C.A LaRue

Pieces of my Art

This exhibit will be displayed November 1 – December 31, 2015 in the Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery.
The Artist’s reception, which is open to the public, will be on the lower level of Dominican Center at Marywood on
Sunday, December 13th from 1:00 – 4:00 in the afternoon.

My work does not correspond with any school or tradition and I do not emulate the work of any of those artists of the past or present whom I admire. While there is growth and change to be seen in my work, I do not really go through phases, periods or stylistic constants. Each piece takes on a life of its own and becomes what it wants to be as it develops. I may have three works in progress, simultaneously, and all will be quite distinct from each other in approach, style, feeling, and content.

If a single umbrella term were to be given to describe my body of work and underlying approach, it would probably be “painterly realism.” My most abstract pieces retain a foundation of how objects behave in natural environments, while my most high- realism works are tinged and touched with abstract notes.

I am also smitten by constructivist and architectonic sensibilities and feel as though I am piecing together my works in the manner of a craftsman. My artistic trajectory has gone from highly geometric and architectural fare to my recent work that is mostly comprised of very organic and natural elements, yet I feel that they are all linked by a sense of being constructed, built up and assembled out of discrete colored fragments. This is how my eyes take in the world around me; I deconstruct what strikes my artistic sensibilities into their components and then reassemble them into a gestalt. This gestalt takes on all the feelings I have experienced for each part and synthesizes them together for the completed work, becoming my painterly interpretation of the experience.

It is the process rather than the product that excites me. It is the underlying mechanisms that pique my interest and drive me to further explorations.

With my latest work, the inherent structure of my pieces is defined and expressed by the hues themselves to a greater degree than with my previous work.

The artist is like the young child who rushes home to tell the adults what simple wonders and joys he has seen that day. I hope you share in those joys I have to show you today.


Northern Woods

Peering Between the Trees

Peering Between the Trees



For more information about the Dominican Center Art Gallery or if you are interested in displaying your artwork in one of our exhibits, please contact Sr. Francetta McCann.
Phone: 616-295-3740    Email: