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Donna Howell-Sickles (American, b.1949)

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Birth Place: Gainesville, TX USA

Biography:

Who is painter Donna Howell-Sickles?

Donna Howell-Sickles is an American painter best known for her portraits of cowgirls. Her brand of empowering, woman-centric art is unique in the western painting community, and as such Howell-Sickles work is one-of-a-kind. Many of her paintings are inspired by 1950s hand-tinted postcards, and as such have a found-art/mixed media feel to them.

Donna Howell-Sickles has enjoyed success in the Western Art world, a rarity for women. In 2011 she was voted one of the 40 most prominent people in the Western Art community by Southwest Art Magazine. She has held the title of President of American Women Artists and was a guest artist at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the CM Russell Museum. Recently, her artwork will be featured in a collectible Pendleton Roundup poster.

What kind of art does Donna Howell-Sickles make?

Donna Howell-Sickles paints cowgirls of the twentieth century. Her mixed media pieces are famed for their vibrant use of color, ability to create tension and emote action, and for subject matter -- rare for an artist in her genre. Her pieces are imbued with fun, life, and a zest for the outdoors. While they are fun, they are by no means frivolous, able to convey complex emotion and beauty within a single portrait. Her paintings have found a home balancing the best parts of fine art and more populist commercial fare. Any collection is brighter, more beautiful, and just plain fun for having a Howell-Sickles in it.

How did painter Donna Howell-Sickles get started?

Donna Howell-Sickles was born in Gainesville, Texas. A true cowgirl, Howell-Sickles was born on a 900-acre farm and ranch. From an early age, she felt close to nature, a love that is apparent even in her early pieces. In 1972, Howell-Sickles earned her BFA from Texas Tech, immediately developing the nascent images that have now made her popular. She credits the idea of painting cowgirls to a chance encounter with a hand-tinted postcard from the 1950s. The image stuck in Howell-Sickles’ mind, inspiring her to create her own unique brand of mixed-media Western art.

How much are Donna Howell-Sickles’ paintings worth?

Donna Howell-Sickles’ paintings represent a great investment opportunity. On the low end, they can be had for a few thousand dollars, this can range upwards into the tens of thousands for well-known pieces. The most ever paid at auction for a Donna Howell-Sickles painting is $20,500 for the mixed-media piece, Three White Horses (date not given) on September, 21st, 2001.

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