Mountain Trails Gallery

Douglas Aagard

The incredible and varied landscape of the American West is the basis of inspiration for Douglas Aagard. Raised on a ranch in Western Montana's Bitterroot Valley, he learned the necessity of hard work and perseverance. It was here, sandwiched between bucolic farmlands and majestic mountains, he gained a deep love for the land and also a love for drawing it.
Douglas is primarily a self-taught artist. Aside from constant painting, his best education has come from the mentoring of successful artists, among whom Gary Ernest Smith has had the greatest influence. For many years he had dabbled in art as time permitted, and had some success as a watercolorist.

A great milestone for Douglas was achieved in 2003, when he quit his job of many years as a carpenter, and devoted his whole time to painting. He lives in rural Utah with his wife and three children in a 19th century pioneer home he is restoring. His studio is in a private elementary school where he teaches art.

His paintings have won several state and local awards and shows in several galleries in Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Wyoming and Utah. They are part of many museum, public, private and corporate collections. He has had solo exhibitions in Park City UT, Alpine WY, Ogden UT, and Provo UT, Palm Desert CA, Ruidoso NM, and Scottsdale, AZ. He was featured in Southwest Art in Best of the West, November 2005 and November 2006 and was featured in theWestern Art Collector November 2007 issue. He has an image in a Houghton-Mifflin textbook in conjunction with a Robert Frost poem "pastures" as well as other book covers.

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