Artist Douglas Aagard visits Beaver Creek |

Artist Douglas Aagard visits Beaver Creek

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Douglas Aagard is a Utah landscape painter known for his use of color, texture and light. His subject matter is as varied as the Utah landscape itself: From the high mountain pines and aspens, to sage and cedars, with a whole lot of farmland in between.

“His textural landscape compositions are vibrant and inviting and command attention from almost every individual who walks through our door,” said gallery associate Leigh Ann Van Fossan.

Aagard began his career as a watercolor artist. In 2000, after seeing a show of paintings by Gary Ernest Smith, he decided to try oil paints. With encouragement and feedback from Smith, he set his hand to paint oils with a knife.

“I never get bored painting with oil,” he said. “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’s paintings have won several state and local awards and shows in several galleries in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. They are part of many museum, public, private and corporate collections. He has had solo exhibitions in Park City, Alpine, Ogden and Provo, Utah; Palm Desert, Calif.; Ruidoso, New Mexico and Scottsdale, Ariz. He was featured in Southwest Art in Best of the West Nov. 2005 and 2006, and was featured in Western Art Collector Magazine Nov. 2007. Aagard was most recently featured in the February edition of Southwest Art.

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Walt Horton Fine Art is located in Beaver Creek, on the Plaza level of the Hyatt, across from the ice rink. Call 970-949-1660 or visit for more information.

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