LeeAnn Gauthier

from Saginaw, Michigan

Interview:

February 16, 2016

Well always friendships, and I'm a big advocate for the environment, so recycling is very important to me. And justice and equality. I run a paralegal service, and I'm always working towards what's fair. I like to make sure people get what they earn and aren't shorted. I have a degree in art too, I've always loved art. Visually arts mainly. I'm a visual person so for me, it's not so much about the story, but the visuals that really get me excited. When I was 25 I left my home in the cultural void of America to do commission photography on a cruise ship for $300 a week living in a 6x9 cabin with a roommate and I never looked back. 
 

An entrepreneur is someone willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.

This year I entered the Big 500 art show, it was my first time, and a lot of fun. I did photos for the show, a landscape from France, and my most famous piece, which is a collage from Havana of naked lady statues. They're very scandalous and have been censored by one printer which refused to print it. It was so "sexually suggestive" apparently but I'm just like, dude, they're stone boobs, there's nothing goin on there. Currently my favorite medium is still photography, but I spice it up at times, because photography is so devalued since it's become such a mass produced commodity. You can buy a hundred of these and print a hundred of those from shutterstock. So I do photo transfers, where you paint a surface with a gel matte medium, and you ink jet print then press it onto the glue, so now your image is like pressed onto this wood table, and the wood shows through a little bit. 
My favorite quote recently is by the lady on Shark Tank and it says "An entrepreneur is someone willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week. Which is so very true.