Mikel Donahue

Mikel Donahue

Mikel Donahue is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His colored pencil drawings and paintings portray ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sunup to sundown work on the ranch.

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 and what was then the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences, breeding quarter horses with his wife Christie on their place outside Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and pursuing an award-winning career in the arts.

On October 13, 2016, Donahue was voted into the Cowboy Artists of America. His numerous awards include the prestigious John Steven Jones Purchase Award and First Place Drawing and New Entrant Awards for Shipping Day at the Bosque Art Classic. the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award for Artist of the Year, the prestigious Premier Platinum Award and the William E. Weiss Purchase Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. He has shown in the Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and has work in many private collections and museums.

His work has been featured on the covers and in articles of Art of the West, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, American Cowboy,America's Horse , and The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal. Donahue is represented by Settlers West Galleries and Trailside Galleries.