settlers west galleries
celebrating over 48 years of fine art

Mikel Donahue, b.1956

A multiple award winning member of the Cowboy Artists of America , artist Mikel Donahue is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His drawings and paintings portray ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sun-up to sun-down work on the ranch. What may seem as mundane chores are captured and translated through his artistic style into moments of meaning and reflection.

Donahue , who was born and raised in Tulsa , was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. It was Donahue's maternal grandfather who exposed him to western art at an early age with memorable trips to Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum and what was then the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and the iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington , as an adult , Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences with a life breeding racing quarter horses with his wife Christie on their place outside Broken Arrow and an award-winning career in the arts. In May of 2017 , Mikel was inducted in as a member of the Will Rogers High School Hall of Fame , an honor that includes musicians , Leon Russell , David Gates , Elvin Bishop , designers Paul Davis , Joe Johnston , among other national and world renowned notables.

Mikel is a graduate of the University of Tulsa , Tulsa , OK and a 33 year veteran of the advertising /graphic design business. A multiple award winning designer , his work with local, regional and national accounts over the years earned him numerous local and regional ADDY, Graphix , Bronze Quill and other design awards.

 

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