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Donna Howell-Sickles From the Studio

Photo Credit: J. Griffis Smith/TxDot

We are pleased to announce the induction of Donna Howell-Sickles in to the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame in recognition of her work with imagery celebrating the cowgirl.

In the Western art genre, Donna Howell-Sickles has taken the image and idea of the cowgirl beyond charcoal lines and into reality. Howell-Sickles has been exploring the layers beneath the
cowgirl’s engaging exterior for more than 30 years. A vintage postcard from the 1930’s featuring a cowgirl with ruby red lips sitting atop her horse instilled in Howell-Sickles a lasting fascination with the cowgirl spirit. The cowgirl in the postcard was at once both familiar and unreal. This dichotomy in the imagery has fueled Howell-Sickles’ artwork, and inspired her to create images of women that are both real and myth. Howell-Sickles’ artwork captures the quintessence and timelessness of the cowgirl

The induction luncheon was held on November 9, 2007 at the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame.


"My fascination with the cowgirl image began in my last year of college. I received an old postcard from a friend in a typical art student trade. He brought over a large box of stuff including some of his own pottery.  Near the bottom of the box were several old postcards, one of a cowgirl c. 1935 seated on a horse captioned "Greetings from a Real Cowgirl from the Ole Southwest".  The image spoke to me and I had no idea why.  Although I had grown up on a farming ranching operation in Texas we never really thought of ourselves as Western.  I surrendered to the attraction and as I used the Cowgirl in my art and I slowly filled in the blanks about my fascination with the imagery."
~Donna Howell Sickles

I had the privilege of creating a portrait of Byron Nelson. The 50” x 40” mixed media drawing was used as cover art for the EDS Byron Nelson Championship in May 2006. Mr. Nelson is a charming gentleman and I am honored to have worked with him.