Douglas Aagard is a Utah landscape painter known for his use of color, texture and light. He currently resides in central Utah in a rural community with his wife and three children. His subject matter is as varied as the Utah landscape itself; from high mountain pines and aspens, to sage and cedars with a whole lot of farmland in between. He enjoys fishing, camping, working in his garden, and spending time with his family. He has been a full time artist since 2002.
His education included General Education and drawing classes at Snow College and Salt Lake Community College. He also studied for a year with Utah watercolor artist Harold Peterson, which he says made a world of difference in how he approached art. His education has come from primarily studying great art and consulting other artists.
Aagard began his career as a watercolor artist in 2000. However, after attending a show of paintings by Gary Ernest Smith he was hooked on the powerful possibilities that oil paints have to offer. With encouragement and feedback from Smith, Aagard commenced to paint with oils and a palette knife. “I never get bored painting with oil. There are so many possibilities, so many techniques to try that one could never exhaust the love of learning. I have found that my work has a more dimensional feel or depth when painted with knife, and often times the texture is more fun than the composition,” Aagard says.
His paintings have won several state and local awards. Aagard’s pieces are part of many museum, public, private and corporate collections. He has done solo exhibitions in Park City, Alpine, Ogden and Provo Utah, Palm Desert-California, Ruidoso-New Mexico and Scottsdale-Arizona. He has been featured in Southwest Art in “Best of the West” November 2005 and 2006. He was also featured in Western Art Collector Magazine November 2007. One of his pieces was published in a Houghton-Mifflin textbook to complement a poem by Robert Frost.