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Mikel Donahue

Birth place or City of origin: Tulsa
State of origin: OK
Last known City: Broken Arrow
Last known State: OK
Start/Birth date: 1956
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Mikel Donahue's character and style depicts an honest that is true to the people and places he portrays. His exposure to the western art came at an early age by visits to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and what was then, the National Cowboy Hall if Fame 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 was draw, paint and raise he's doing just that. His involvement with working ranches and the quarter horse industry gives him what he says " is a unique perspective to his art". He and his wife Christie breed running quarter horses on their place outside Broken Arrow, OK. After a 30 year career as an art director, Mikel is now devoting all his energies to his art. He feels his design skills provide for strong compositions and a good understanding of light and color. He feels there is no substitute for observation and participation, " you can't paint it if you don't know it".

He has work in many private collections and museums and is participating in several shows throughout the year. 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.

Biography courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum (


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