Mikel Donahue, b. Tulsa, OK, (United States)
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 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 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.
A graduate of Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, OK, Mikel is also a graduate of the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK and a 33 year veteran of the advertising/graphic design business. After graduation Mikel went to work at one of the state’s largest advertising agencies, Ad Inc.. A multiple award winning designer, Mikel’s work included local, regional and national accounts over the years, represented by Tulsa’s finest design firms and advertising agencies. You may have recognized his work thru clients like; Mazzio’s Pizza, Getty, Telex, BOK, Blue Cross Blue Shield of OK, Phillips 66, Thrifty Car Rental and later Dollar Thrifty, Craft Good Seasons, Crystal Light, Scrubbing Bubbles, ONEOK, Williams Company, Oroweat Breads, MAPCO Inc., Central and South West Corp., The American Red Cross, to name a few. His creative output earned him numerous local and regional ADDY, Graphix, Bronze Quill and other design awards.