Having grown up on a ranch in North Texas, close to the Red River, Donna Howell-Sickles developed her affinity for nature, animals, and the West at an early age. After graduating from Texas Tech University with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, she almost immediately found her muse in the cowgirl–and for over 30 years her artwork has dealt with the images, the spirit, and the myth of the American West. Her nationally recognized and distinctive artwork, filled with bright colors and spirited cowgirls, can be found in eleven museum collections–including the Booth Museum of Western Art and the Tucson Museum of Art. Since early in her career, galleries across the country have showcased her influential artwork.
Along with winning numerous awards in invitational Museum shows, Howell-Sickles’ artwork has been published in countless print articles and has been included in many books about Western art. A book about her work, “Cowgirl Rising” was published in 1997 by Greenwich Workshop. In November 2007, Donna Howell-Sickles was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas in honor of the body of work she has created about the Cowgirl.