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Jeffrey Owen Hanson has been visually impaired since childhood. But he has become an award-winning artist whose paintings hang in the homes of collectors across the globe, including Sir Elton, Warren Buffett, Susan Sarandon, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In 2010, Jeffrey attended the EJAF‘s White Tie and Tiara summer gala, where he was inspired to create a painting called Old Windsor Estate. It is based on the Rocket Man’s lovely Woodside 37-acre estate, as well as the garden party. Jeff’s ”hostess gift” for Elton and David Furnish was a box of Galler chocolates from Belgium.
Another unique painting was sold last year to raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
The artist himself attended the foundation’s Detroit gala, where The Secrets of Tuscany was auctioned off. Bidding shot up until it was sold for $100,000 – the most one of Hanson’s had ever fetched at auction. The second place bidder asked if the young man would be willing to paint another work for another $100,000–and he was quick to comply.
More recently, as a continuation of his Art from the HeART project, Jeff has selected the Nebraska-based Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation as one of five finalists from across the United States.

Sammy’s Superheroes is a nonprofit, which aims to raise money for childhood cancer research. The organisation promotes modern treatments of childhood cancer by funding grants for doctors in the field.

Each year, Jeffrey features a philanthropic Valentine’s Day project called Art From the HeART.  Nominations of U.S. charities are made for the chance to win an original acrylic Jeff Hanson painting for their next live auction. The top five nominated organisations are announced on Facebook. Fans then have the opportunity to vote for the charity of choice by clicking “like” on one of the featured charity logos through Feb 13th. The winning philanthropy, announced on Valentine’s Day, wins an original acrylic Jeff Hanson painting to auction.