Mikel Donahue Biography
Mikel Donahue's character and style depicts an honesty that is true to the people and places he portrays. His exposure to western art came at an early age by visits to Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Living near Tulsa, he feels very lucky to be so close to two of the most treasured resources a western artist could have. Influenced by his Grandfather's cowboy way of life, all he ever wanted to do was draw, paint and raise horses…today he's doing just that.
He and his wife Christie, breed running quarter horses on their place outside Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Mikel was honored to be invited by the Oklahoma Arts Council to show a retrospective of his work this spring in the Governor's Gallery at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. He was the 2011 recipient of the Academy of Western Artist' Will Rogers Award for "Artist of the Year" (past winners include; CA artists Bill Owen, Bruce Greene, Fred Fellows & Tim Cox to name a few). In 2010, Mikel was awarded the prestigious "Premier Platinum Award" and the "William E. Weiss Purchase Award" at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. He is an annual participant in the Prix de West at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He has work in many private collections and museums and participates in several shows throughout the year. In 2009 he won the "Artists' Choice Award" at the Buffalo Bill Art Show. That same year he was the featured artist at the Americas Horse in Art Show and Sale at the American Quarter Horse Museum in Amarillo, TX. He was recognized with a one-man show at Remington Park in Oklahoma City during the 2009 quarter horse race meet. He won "Best of Show" two out of three years at the WRCA Art Show & Sale. He has been featured in Art of the West, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, American Cowboy, America's Horse and The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal magazines.
Mikel has donated works to benefit the fund raising efforts of many organizations, including the American Quarter Horse Association and the WRCA Crisis Fund to name a few.
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