By NewsPress Staff
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Stillwater Art Guild will host Mikel Donahue at 7 p.m. Monday in the Sheerar Center Auditorium, Seventh Avenue and S. Duncan Street. Donahue will provide a mixed media demonstration.
His past career in commercial design helped Donahue perfect his sense of composition and understanding of the principles of design and form. As a child, he was introduced to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
“I had the best of both worlds, one grandfather’s cowboy way of life and the other to western art. All I ever wanted to do was draw, paint and raise horses,” he said.
Donahue was drawn to the works of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington. From his cowboy boots to the Stetson hat, Donahue exudes the raw untamed image of the West. His brush strokes bring the cowboy to life on canvas.
The Oklahoma Arts Council invited him to show a retrospective of his work this spring in the Governor’s Gallery at the capitol in Oklahoma City.
Donahue is an annual participant in the Prix de West.
He was the 2011 recipient of the Academy of Western Artists’ “Will Rogers Award” for Artist of the Year.
In 2010, Donahue was awarded the prestigious “Platinum Award” and the “William E. Weiss Purchase Award” at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale.
In 2009, he won the “Artists’ Choice Award” at the Buffalo Bill Art Show and was the featured artist at the Americas Horse in Art Show and Sale at the American Quarter Horse Museum in Amarillo, Texas.
He has been featured in Art of the West, American Art Collector, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, American Cowboy, America’s Horse and the Quarter Horse Racing Journal magazines. Many private and corporate collections display his work. Trailside Galleries, Altermann Galleries and Settlers West Galleries represent Donahue.
He and his wife, Christie, breed running quarter horses outside of Broken Arrow.
First-time visitors to the Stillwater Art Guild may attend free. There is a $5 charge for returning guests. The meeting is open to the public. For further information, call 405-707-0447.