Popular Greeting Card Artist Mike Scovel is Named 2008 Cartoonist of the Year

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Mike Scovel, one of America's favorite greeting card artists, was named 2008 Cartoonist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists at their annual awards ceremony on September 23rd at the Garland Theater in Garland, Texas.

No other artist among the many hundreds that we have published has been represented on so many Leanin' Tree greeting cards for so many years. Many folks across the nation would agree, Mike Scovel has become, in his modest manner, one of America's truly great humorists ranking with the likes of Charles Schultz, Norman Rockwell and Dr. Seuss.

Mike Scovel, one of America's favorite greeting card artists, was named 2008 Cartoonist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists at their annual awards ceremony on September 23rd at the Garland Theater in Garland, Texas.

The Academy was formed over a decade ago to promote, preserve and honor the cowboy and western heritage by recognizing the leaders in traditional western arts. Categories include music, poetry, arts, gear makers, spur makers, saddle makers, chuck wagon cooks and radio.

Mike Scovel's artwork has been as much a part of western life as spurs, bits and saddles. For more than thirty years, the Idaho native has supplied the greeting card and gift industry with a steady stream of cowboy humor, portraying the people and perils of rural ranch life, in comedic exaggeration. His toothless cowboys, feisty ladies and swayback, jug headed horses have anchored the western humor line of greeting cards for Boulder based Leanin' Tree Publishing since 1978.

Ed Trumble, founder and CEO of Leanin' Tree Publishing, says, "No other artist among the many hundreds that we have published has been represented on so many Leanin' Tree greeting cards for so many years. Many folks across the nation would agree, Mike Scovel has become, in his modest manner, one of America's truly great humorists ranking with the likes of Charles Schultz, Norman Rockwell and Dr. Seuss."

One of the most diverse artists today, Scovel has found success with both fine art and what he calls "fine art cartooning." While his humorous paintings continue to gain in popularity, Scovel also does serious paintings and sculpture, both of which have won numerous national awards. His client list for monumental sculpture includes cities, private foundations and corporations.

In 2003, Scovel designed and created "A Pool of Tears," the all veteran's memorial in downtown Temple, Texas. Later that year, he began work on "Duty, Honor and Country," a life-size tribute to Medal of Honor recipient, Roy P. Benavidez, for the Benavidez foundation. The bronze statue was dedicated on Veterans Day, 2004.

In 2008, Scovel introduced the Historic Downtown Series, a collection of nostalgic downtown scenes from a number of areas incuding Texas, Washington and Wyoming. More paintings in this series are slated for 2009 featuring communities in Texas, New Mexico and Nevada.

Scovel's work has been featured in many national publications including the Saturday Evening Post, 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.

The Idaho native has lived all over the US but recently moved with his wife to Fort Sumner, New Mexico where he plans to open a studio in 2009. For more information about Scovel and his work, please visit his website at http://mikescovel.com.

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