A Homeless Artist Finds Recognition With The Help Of A Bus Station Photobooths

Lee Godie was a homeless artist who found her passion in 1968. At around 60 years old, after attending an Impressionism exhibition, Godie declared herself a French Impressionist. 

She began painting and selling her portraits of high society women until 1990. Godie discovered a photo booth at the Greyhound Bus Stop in Chicago. There she would take self-portrait glam shots and add color to the 5x4 gelatin silver black and white prints. By using lipstick and instant ice tea she was able to create her own unique style. 

Lee Godie's Self-portrait collection continues at John Michael Kohler Arts Center (608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI) through February 8, 2016.