Amazing UA Artist: Jeffrey Owen Hanson
I have heard my dad has say many times, “I don’t know when to quit”. I’m just like my dad in that regard, and so is this amazing artist who hasn’t let a pesky little thing like blindness stand in his way.
Legally blind from a brain tumor when he was younger, artist Jeff Hanson has not allowed that to stop him. He has donated over a million dollars to charity through the selling of his art to such notables as Warren Buffet and Elton John.
The artist’s mother introduced Jeff to art as a distraction when he was undergoing chemotherapy.
“I thought it would be good to give back to the world and not use it for myself,” Hanson told USA Today back in 2013. “My art makes people happy.”
Creating the masterpieces is no easy feat, but Hanson has found a way to utilize his strengths in the painting process. The 21-year-old, who is only able to vaguely make out shapes and colors, relies off of texture to help him, according to CBS. Hanson first applies a thick, plastic substance to his canvas, and once it hardens he then slathers on a coat of flat black and uses the ridges to guide
himself around his work.
While the process may sound strenuous, the artist is more than happy to put in the work.
“Each one of them is a labor of love,” Julie told CNN in 2011. “Each one of them is very special.”