I love my job! I have been a full-time artist, mural-painter and entrepreneur for over 30 years. I started taking art seriously when I attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in the late 1970's in Halifax where I studied with the great American artist Eric Fischl and the Dutch artist Jan Andriesse. At NSCAD I learned the basics of 'best studio practice' and enjoyed the immersion into a sophisticated international artists' community.
I went on from there to work for two formative years under the tutelage of the late Reverend Father Toby McIvern as Liturgical Design Apprentice for the Montreal design firm Desmerais and Robitaille. Working on many ambitious liturgical design projects with the eminent Architect/Interior Designer Fr. Toby formed a strong foundation of skills that would hold me in good stead for the following years of free-lancing. I was introduced to the world of mural-painting and design that would continue to fascinate and challenge me to the present day.
I have been a professional artist and mural-painter for over 30 years. I have designed and painted over 60 large murals all across Canada during this time and continue to work in this vein. As well, I create easel paintings that I exhibit in a gallery that I co-own and operate with my partner and fellow artist Sharon Gibson out of our home at the Resort Village of Manitou Beach in Central Saskatchewan, Canada. Portraiture is a specialty and a favorite genre. I am kept very busy creating commissioned works including portraiture and mural-painting.
Art Instruction is another field that I thoroughly enjoy and excel at. I have privately tutored many students over the years both in group and one-on-one settings with a lot of success. My main focus in this endeavor is to demonstrate the 'glazing technique' in acrylics, while encouraging my students to discover their own unique 'style' though the technical protocol that I teach.
In 2008 I co-founded an Artists' Collective called "Spirit of Manitou Studio Trail" which is still going strong after 5 years. Visit the Spirit of Manitou Studio Trail website to see some examples of my recent artwork and commissions.
I also own and maintain an Art Blog called GaudetArt Please visit to stay abreast of my ongoing commissions and artistic enterprises. Occasionally, I will also post a 'guest interview' with some of my artist friends and colleagues.
To view selected murals, please click on Selected Murals by Michael Gaudet .
To view my most ambitious and challenging mural 'March of Trinity' (and associated projects at Sacred Heart Chaldean Catholic Church) please visit 'March of Trinity' Mural Project Blog.