In this episode, Gary has a conversation with kidney donor-recipient and advocate, Michael R. Gaudet. Michael is an artist and entrepreneur, who gained much notoriety with his first important mural commission, at St. Mary's Basilica in Halifax at the age of 21. Following in the footsteps of his Renaissance heroes, he made a decision to carry on with mural painting as well as paintings on canvas. 60-odd- large-scale murals later, he is continuing to grow and expand his horizons.
Growing disillusioned with commercial galleries, in 2009, Michael and his wife Sharon decided to open their OWN gallery, at their home in the Resort Village of Manitou Beach, Saskatchewan, where they have both enjoyed high-quality exposure, on their own terms.
Michael has written and published his first two books of memoirs called "Dancing with Rejection: A Beginner's Guide to Immortality" AND "A Work in Progress: The Life my Brother Saved". These books feature a backdrop of struggle with Chronic Kidney Disease and Michael’s recovery after a kidney transplant in 1979. The writing spirals out from there to explore his rise to prominence as a mural painter in Canada.
Michael’s paintings, murals, and books can be viewed at mrgaudet.com.