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How Artist Jeff Hanson is Changing the World

Visually Impaired Artist Raised Over $5M for Charity

Article by Brea Vokolek

I recently had the privilege of meeting a young local artist by the name of Jeff Hanson. Jeff is a visually impaired artist who creates the most beautiful and textured pieces of art. Although I was truly in awe of his artwork, I was even more astonished by his incredible story.

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When he was just six years old, Jeff was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that resulted in a slow-growing tumor on his optic nerve. Rather than allow this devastating diagnosis to define him, he and his parents set off on an adventure of a lifetime made possible through his art and philanthropy.

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What started with some painted notecards to benefit a charity committed to researching eye tumors in children, turned into Jeff’s artwork raising over $5 million for charity by the time he was 20 years old. He has a new goal to raise $10 million by the time he is 30!

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Jeff’s paintings are inspired by his many travels, including a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see Elton John in Dubai. Every painting has its own unique inspiration. He also does custom commissioned pieces, a few of which were in progress when I visited his studio. 

You can view and purchase Jeff's art for yourself at his Overland Park studio or online.

Follow Breahn Vokolek @overanalyzedthat

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