Michael Godard discovered his talent for art at an early age. The young artist used his drawing skills as a way to make new friends. Godard spent most of his high school and college years living in Las Vegas. After attending college in Las Vegas, Godard worked as a mechanical engineer for 12 years before diving into his art career.
In 2006, Godard lost his 16-year-old daughter to brain cancer. The artist now dedicates his life’s work to helping families fighting cancer by working closely with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“They were also very instrumental in my own daughter’s battle with brain cancer, so they have a very special place in my heart,” Godard says. “All the money in the world cannot bring her back, but the funds I help raise for a cure will help save another child.”
Godard works closely with The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Nevada Cancer Institute. The artist also supports military organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project and Fallen Heroes Project.
Although Godard’s whimsical paintings are far removed from reality, the artist hides secret ties to the real world within his art. Godard says he’s modeled his silly characters after friends or people he’s met at art auctions. If the viewer looks closely, they’ll also find hidden details like names, dates, or initials scattered throughout Godard’s artwork.
“The paintings are like a humorous, emotional bath,” he says.
Godard’s artwork centers around several themes all pointing back to the artist’s Vegas roots. Many of Godard’s characters are seen playing a round of golf, a nod to Godard’s years of living on Las Vegas golf courses. Godard’s olives are also portrayed gambling—a signature Vegas pastime as well as a tribute to Godard’s love of math.
“I’m fascinated by the statistics and the math behind gambling,” Godard says. “I’m a math geek.”
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