BEHIND THE PAINTBRUSH
Mike Scovel’s artwork has been as much a part of western life as spurs, bits and saddles. For more than four decades, his humorous paintings of everyday, down home people have been featured on millions of gift products around the world. The Boulder based greeting card company has used over 300 Scovel paintings on a wide range of products since 1978.
One of the most diverse artists today, Scovel has found success with both fine art and "fine art cartooning." While his humorous paintings continue to gain in popularity, Scovel has won numerous national awards for his fine art paintings and sculpture. His client list for monumental sculpture includes cities, foundations and corporations.
Scovel's work has been featured in many national publications including the Saturday Evening Post, The American Cowboy, Southwest Art and Western Horseman and has been displayed in a number of museums including the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with permanent works in the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art, the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.
In 1997, Scovel pared his show schedule down to allow for more studio and production time - a decision he remains very comfortable with. Mike and his wife, Dusti, host an annual Open Studio each fall to showcase new work.
The Scovels make their home in the Texas Hill Country where he continues to produce new images for the gift market and works steadily on large, innovative sculpture commissions.
Mike,. . . you've become one of America's truly great humorists, ranking with the likes of Charles Schulz, Norman Rockwell and Dr. Suess." Ed Trumble, CEO Leanin' Tree Publishing
"Looks like the ole cowpoke has had himself a fine, fine life." "CP Houston" Clyde Peterson, Political Cartoonist, The Houston Chronicle
"Been a fan for years, Mike. You've busted plenty a gut where I ride." Brian Brannon, Cowboy Poet