He began his college education at Dixie College where he learned from his art professor, Jerry Olsen, to love working hard and a dedication to painting. In 1977, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah. His painting technique was influenced there by the English portrait master, Alvin Gittins, and newspaper art critic and watercolorist, George Dibble.
Utah-born, Al Rounds was brought up in the small-town community of Walnut Creek, California. This internationally acclaimed artist now finds retreat in his home nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.