Douglas Aagard is a landscape painter known for his use of texture and light. The western landscape is his subject and his art is representational with impressionistic leanings.
Doug grew up in Western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, an area he remembers where “the people were few and the adventures great”. He developed an appreciation for the land, and there his resourcefulness, creativity, and work ethic flourished. Young Doug spent his summers working a dairy farm, a saw mill, and eventually out in the mountains, where he was left alone to care for two horses and a thousand sheep. In the tranquil green fields of Western Montana, Doug saw the world as a picture, waiting to be captured.
Recognizing oneself as not merely artistic, but as an artist is an awakening of the senses. Doug’s talent emerged when his journal entry illustrations negated the need for text; “I would simply draw a picture”, he said. College courses and private lessons helped Doug to apply new techniques to his work, but in the words of the artist; “my greatest lessons have been from practice”.
At the dawn of the new millennium, Doug had an opportunity to paint with Gary Ernest Smith, a Utah artist of national renown. Gary, says Douglas, “introduced me to the power and profoundness that is possible in painting”. He also introduced Doug to the pallet knife, which the artist credits to adding a whole new dimension to his work.
Gary Smith’s influence was evident in Aagard’s work, the simi