Fine & Performing Arts
Alan G. Rounds (1954-)
Alan G. Rounds is a native of Utah, but was raised in Walnut Creek, Calif. He returned to Utah in 1972 and attended Dixie College. He was immediately drawn to the area by the picturesque landscape and majestic red cliffs, an artist’s paradise.Under the fatherly tutelage and patience of Jerry Olsen, Al flourished. It was Jerry who first introduced Al to photography and watercolor. Graduating from Dixie in 1974, he studied at Brigham Young University and transferred to and graduated from the University of Utah in a BFA in 1977. Determined to make his living as an artist, Al went straight from college to painting full time. His watercolors are renowned for the passion with which he paints and the mastery of his transparent watercolor technique. His watercolors register a beautiful familiarity with the world we all love. They carry us over a distance of miles and years. They speak of pride and history revisited and of lives well-lived. His travels across the United States, Israel, Europe, Mexico and Canada have brought Al’s paintings world recognition. His first love, though, is spending hours scoring the back roads and countryside of Utah, searching for the past and finding relevance for what is and what used to be. The size, historical significance and accuracy of the architectural landscapes he creates are his hallmarks. Al finds rest in his home in Holladay, Utah, with his wife Nancy Beck (who he met at Dixie College). They have seven children, six daughters and one son. He spends hours each week donating his time to schools, church organizations, and clubs where he shares his talents with others. Over the years, Al has enjoyed critical acclaim, recognition and numerous awards from both the public and his peers. His beautiful work is reaching increasing numbers of admirers and collectors around the world.