Mikel Donahue

Mikel Donahue

An 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 sunup to sundown 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, learned about life on the ranch from his paternal grandfather, who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. Donahue's maternal grandfather exposed him to Western art at an early age with memorable trips to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and what was now the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Donahue’s numerous awards include the John Steven Jones Purchase Award from the Bosque Art Classic, the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award for Artist of the Year, and the prestigious Premier Platinum Award and the William E. Weiss Purchase Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale in Cody, Wyoming. He has shown in the Prix de West exhibition at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. His work hangs in many museums, galleries, and private collections throughout the country and has been featured on the covers and in articles in Art of the West, America an Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, American Cowboy, America's Horse, and The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal.