Best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life, Mikel Donahue’s art portrays ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sun-up to sun-down work. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mikel was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather, who raised cattle in north-central Oklahoma. Mikel’s maternal grandfather exposed him to Western art at an early age with memorable trips to the then Cowboy Hall of Fame. A graduate of Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Mikel also graduated from the University of Tulsa and is a 33-year veteran of the advertising/graphic design business.
Always fascinated by both life on the ranch and the iconic art of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, today Mikel is a perfect amalgam of his influences – breeding quarter horses with his wife, Christie, on their place outside of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and enjoying an award-winning career in the arts.
In 2016, Mikel was voted in as a new CAA member. His awards include the John Steven Jones Purchase Award from the Bosque Art Classic; the William E. Weiss Purchase Award from the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale; and the Academy of Western Artists’ Will Rogers Award. He has shown in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale at the National Cowboy Museum, and is represented in many private collections and museums. His work has been featured in publications such as Art of the West, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, and American Cowboy.