A brief glance at Skip Rowell
Born August 1st, 1943, Skip attended High School in Atoka, Oklahoma. His first art competition, however, began at the age of seven through the encouragement of a second grade teacher, with a mixed media of crayon and water colors. After graduation, he went on to obtain a degree in Commercial Art and immediately went to work for a major advertising firm in Dallas, Texas.
The big city environment soon proved disagreeable to Skip who had grown up spending most of his time in the woods hunting or fishing. Always competitive and striving to be at the top in any endeavor, he killed a typical whitetail buck deer in the 1972 hunting season that held the Oklahoma State Record for over twenty years plus several other trophy deer that earned Cy Curtis Awards.
Skip moved from Dallas back to Oklahoma where he went to work for a saddle maker and easily picked up the trade tooling intricate designs in leather and opened his own shop in McAlester, Oklahoma, named The Rodeo Shop. Back in his element, Skip began team roping, competing in Rodeos and team roping events all over the county including the International Championship finals in 1981. In addition to a lot of free lance ranch work, Skip competed in fishing tournaments, and again striving to be the best in all arenas, won several competitions including two bass boats.
Skip is of Cherokee and Choctaw descent and has always been an ardent student of his Ancestral history and customs as well as all American Indian Tribes. Pulling from this research and his own wide based personal experience, you will find absolute authenticity and and extraordinary detail in his work that only comes from firsthand knowledge.
He is a multi-talented artist who works in several mediums that include oils, pastels, graphics, sculpture, carvings, and scrimshaw. Skip first drew the attention and acclaim of the art world with his scrimshaw art which is the ancient technique of etching on ivory. Most recently, he has expanded to bronzes cast from his one-of-a-kind moose antler carvings that can be viewed on this web site.
Skip has been a highly successful full-time artist since 1984 and has been receiving awards and recognition for his talent consistently as indicated by this partial listing of awards from 1984 to 2014: