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Douglas Aagard to paint live on Beaver Creek Plaza outside Paderewski Fine Art

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BEAVER CREEK — Utah landscape artist Douglas Aagard will be painting outside Paderewski Fine Art on the plaza in Beaver Creek daily, with the exception of Sunday, through Saturday, Aug. 6.

Aagard began his career as a watercolor artist in 2000. But after attending a show of paintings by Gary Ernest Smith, he was hooked on the powerful possibilities that oil paints have to offer.

"I spent the summers in Utah working with my grandfather, who was a sheep rancher, so I tend to paint a lot of aspens because they remind me of my grandfather and our time spent in the high country," he said.

USE OF COLOR AND LIGHT

Aagard is known for his use of color and light, along with his distinctive palette knife technique.

"Up close, you see the texture created by the knife, which is really interesting," he said. "But when you step back, you no longer see the texture, you simply see the depth, and that's what I'm really after."

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His subject matter ranges from high-mountain aspens to sage and cedars. As a full-time artist, Aagard has a unique outlook on his art.

"Instead of looking at something and just seeing it as pretty, I start breaking it down into elements," he said. "When I look at a subject, I focus on light, color and texture. … I want people to feel the moment, to feel the wonder, peace and joy that I feel when I see these scenes."

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Aagard has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine's "Best in the West," Western Art Collector and Cowboys and Indians. Learn more about the artist and view his work at http://www.aagardart.com.

Paderewski Fine Art is located in Beaver Creek, on the plaza level of the Hyatt, across from the ice rink. Call 970-949-6036 or visit http://www.paderewskifineart.com for more information.

If you go …

What: Artist Douglas Aagard in residence.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Saturday, Aug. 6, except Sunday, July 31.

Where: Paderewski Fine Art, 158 Beaver Creek Plaza.

More information: Call 970-949-6036, or visit http://www.paderewskifineart.com.