Donna Howell-Sickles was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2007, honoring her body of work about the everlasting Cowgirl. Donna's work is in the collections of several museums, and in 2011 she was voted one of the 40 most prominent people in the Western Art world by Southwest Art Magazine. She was President of American Women Artists from 2000 to 2003, and an honored guest artist at both the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana.
Donna Howell-Sickles' work has been in numerous exhibitions, both solo and group, and featured in multiple publications over the span of her forty year career. Presently, Donna has been chosen as the singular artist to create the 2019 artwork that will be featured in the collectible poster for the Pendleton RoundUp in Pendleton, Oregon. The Pendleton RoundUp is the most iconic rodeo in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. The Rodeo began in 1916 with a featured artist each year, chosen for their proven history of authentically embodying the spirit of the western heritage in their work. Donna is the first woman artist to be selected for the honor of creating the poster artwork, and this year’s poster will be the first that prominently showcases all the glory a Cowgirl brings with her. Yee-ha!
Donna’s work is represented by Mountain Trails Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Big Horn Galleries in Cody, Wyoming and Tubac, Arizona, McLarry Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt, Colorado, and at home in Davis & Blevins Gallery in Saint Jo, Texas.
But, to her fans, collectors, friends, and family, art is where the heart is.
Click on the images below to view Donna Howell-Sickles's artwork available for sale at this year's show.
My love of figure drawing, the American West, and mythology fueled my creative process from the very beginning. Before I discovered the image rich identity of the women who shaped the west, the horses alone were enough to hold my interest. They spoke to me of strength and beauty and the ability to survive. I still use the cowgirl to tell very current stories for, and about, women using an eclectic collection of images and ideas from both the past and the present.
I have long been in a position to create art that tells the stories of western women, our animals, and this rich land on which we depend, with dignity and joy. My artwork reflects my admiration for the strong western women of both past and present and connects those women’s stories to other women's stories from around the world. Stories worthy of telling about the beauty, the depth, and the joy of a living with an appreciation of the hopes and struggles we share.
The figures in my work are living in their ‘now’, and we viewers are allowed a glimpse into their lives. Lives that are filled and complicated by partnerships, friendships, beliefs, and companions. These Cowgirls know who they are, and they know that there are no dead-ends – just detours filled with opportunity. The vision of self they hold burns like a flame and keeps them company in the dark; it reminds them they are not alone, and never have been. Because, subject and viewer alike, we are all on an interconnected journey. When reality is messy, or complicated or even painful, I find solace in these reflections of hope and joy that I am privileged to create. I strive to communicate the value found in embracing the beauty and vitality that continuously surrounds us, and the importance of choosing joy whenever the opportunity arises.