DONNA HOWELL-SICKLES

Donna Howell-Sickles shares a little of her well-earned cowgirl wisdom, "The cowgirl has become my icon for women in general, and I'm using her to portray someone of warmth and humor with whom to laugh.

My interest in the cowgirl imagery began in 1972 when I was a senior in college. A friend had given me an old postcard of a waving cowgirl, who seems to me a wonderful, fake, glamorized image, something someone just made up.

By 1979 I had learned of the 'real' cowgirls from the rodeos and wild west shows of the 1910s and '20s. Their loud, bright costumes and eccentric lifestyles fascinated me. My work from 1979 to 1984 used the cowgirl with little or no facial features, with the intention of projecting a general western persona, not a specific person.
As my work is now progressing, the cowgirls are expressing more joy, friendship, and self-esteem, and they need more specific personalities and facial features."

Donna's work is in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Fine Art, The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming as well as many private and corporate collections in the U.S. and Europe.

A Hard Run

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Chorus Girls

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Cowgirl Study #117

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Don't Tempt Me

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Four Reins

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Harvest

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Into The Night

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Rodeo Queen

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Rojos

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Soft Landing

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Standing In The Sun

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Summer Corral At Valley Ranch

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Taking The Train To The Trading Post

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That Look In Her Eye

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Trading Images

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Two Yellow Dogs

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Walking With Pride

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You Can Lead A Horse To Laughter

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ETCHINGS:

Calliope

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Catching Apples

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Corn Muse

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Pie Cutter

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The Oarswoman

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Three Bears

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LIMITED EDITIONS:

Apples for the Yellow Mare

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Back in the Saddle

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Dance Romance

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Day Lillies

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It's The Weight On Her Back That Makes Her Slow

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Not Without It's Ups and Downs

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Rubie Leaves Lady Luck

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Standing With Boys

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Welcome Home

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ARTISTIC GIFTS:

Blue Ball Horses Silk Scarf

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Campfire Girls Silk Scarf

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Cow Dog School Silk Scarf

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Cow Dog School Silk Tie (center)

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Hats Off Silk Scarf

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Markers On The Trail Silk Scarf

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Midnight Ride Silk Scarf

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Rain Dance Silk Scarf

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Soul Searching Silk Scarf

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Standing By The Girls Silk Scarf

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The Stories I Could Tell Silk Scarf

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True Love Silk Scarf

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Western Icons Silk Scarf

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