Douglas Aagard is a
His education includes General ED and drawing classes at
Aagard began his career as a watercolor artist. In 2000, after seeing a show of paintings by Gary Ernest Smith he was hooked on the power possible with oil paints. With encouragement and feedback from Smith, he set his hand to paint oils with a knife.â€ 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,â€ he says.
His paintings have won several state and local awards and shows in several galleries in
I approach art the same way I've approached any venture. Knowing I have much to learn, working to improve, and striving to be the best I can possibly be. The big difference is that art is the only occupation I have undertaken that I could entirely give myself to. To fully invest myself physically, mentally and spiritually.
I search for the spirit or emotion a subject evokes in me, and strive to find a way to put it on canvas. Itâ€™s often a magical process. I love being an artist. There are so many wonderful
discoveries that are made through close scrutiny of the land whose wonder I would have totally missed had it not been for my profession. Thank you to all those who make it possible for me to continue.