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Donna Howell-Sickles - LEGENDS -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Donna Howell-Sickles


Limited Edition of: 650
Image Size: 28 1/2"w x 23 1/2"h.
Published: June 1998

Limited quantities available

The cycle of life is celebrated by the cowgirl with full moons on her chaps and stars on her scarf, as she follows the path of the bear's cyclical rebirth. Different cultures and myths form the tapestry of this painting, all referring to the Big Dipper — sometimes seen as a bear — and its reappearance in the night sky. The panels in the background are drawn from Micmac tradition, where the bear or Big Dipper was chased through the sky by seven hungry birds. It is the robin who finally vanquishes the bear, its breast and the leaf of the nearby maple stained by the bear's blood. The reappearance of the Big Dipper, like the emergence of the bear from hibernation, was, to many cultures, proof of the cycle of life.

Donna Howell-Sickles
They have energy, wit, wisdom and self-awareness. They have charm, style, independence and a love of animals that goes beyond the mythic. They are the cowgirls of Donna Howell-Sickles. It all started with a postcard. Howell-Sickles came upon a 40’s-era, hand- tinted postcard of a woman dressed in wild west gear astride a big sorrel horse above the inscription, "Greetings from a real cowgirl from the ol’ Southwest." "This was a wonderful image in that the colors were printed over the black and white processing," Howell-Sickles says. "And her bright red lips were printed just slightly off-center. That quality of the real and unreal fascinated me." That postcard started the Texas Tech University graduate on a search for her own American cowgirls, ones who were strong and joyous. The search led to rodeos and Wild West shows, dating as far back as the 20’s and reaching up until today. "I kind of got acquainted by name with all of these old rodeo women," she says. "Wonderfully, wildly atypical for their time." And from their inspiration and her own love of life and art, Howell- Sickles created a new cowgirl for the 90’s and beyond. Now her images are eagerly sought by collectors, galleries and museums and adorn the walls of many a person who admires bold colors, decorative design and symbolic strength. Howell-Sickles has had more than a dozen one-woman shows and was named the featured artist at the American Woman Artist show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming. Her book Cowgirl Rising was published in 1997.


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