“Roots”, 13” x 11” inches, oil on canvas“Roots”, 13” x 11” inches, oil on canvas

Gary Dagnan

TN Artist of the Year 2018



Gary Dagnan was born and has resided in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Gary has a BFA degree in Graphic Design and an MS degree in Art Education from the University of Tennessee. He retired from the University of Tennessee, where he was employed as a graphic designer 40 years. He now devotes full time to fine-art oil and watercolor painting.

His inspiration comes from the mountains, lakes and woodlands of East Tennessee. The changing light and colors of the distinctly different seasons of Tennessee offer unlimited subject matter for his work.

He has won numerous national, state and regional awards for his work. He is represented in more than 500 private and public collections throughout the United States.

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