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Jeff Hanson (1993-2020) was an award-winning, philanthropic artist on a mission to change the world through art. Visually impaired since childhood from neurofibromatosis type 1 and an optic chiasm brain tumor (playfully named CLOD), Jeff’s acrylic-on-canvas works employed bold color and heavily sculptured texture to create an unmistakable signature style–”a sight for sore eyes,” he called it.

The Jeff Hanson Story


Jeff Hanson Artist

Self-taught as an artist, Jeff first began painting watercolor notecards while undergoing chemotherapy at age 12. What was initially a pastime and distraction from his treatments, Jeff’s painting soon evolved into a curbside business, Jeff’s Bistro. Proceeds benefited the Children’s Tumor Foundation to fund optic tumor research.

Jeff’s original notecards gradually transitioned to acrylics-on-canvas, both for sale and gifts to charity live auctions across the nation. At age 15, the “accidental artist” in a business built on a philanthropy-first model, became Jeffrey Owen Hanson LLC.

Jeff Hanson received national attention for raising $1 million for charity with his art by his 20th birthday.

As of 2020, at age 27, Jeff raised more than $7 million for charity. 

Jeff’s new goal was to raise $10 million for charity by age 30. Jeff’s parents, Hal and Julie, and the Jeff Hanson Art studio plan to continue fundraising for charity to achieve Jeff’s dream.

Raised for Charity
One Million By 20 Logo
Ten Million By 30 Jeff Hanson Art

While Jeff enjoyed a successful career as an artist, his philanthropic spirit resulted in more than 200 non-profit organizations benefiting from his auctioned works. Jeff was awarded both Young Philanthropist of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his efforts. He was a People magazine “Hero Among Us” and appeared on CNN’s “Impact Your World.” In 2015, Hanson was honored by The NASCAR Foundation with the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award and his inspirational story was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.

EJ and Jeff View From the 22nd Row Crop
Berkshire Hathaway Mtg 2
Jeff & Harold Ramis with Year Zero Painting
EJ and Jeff View From the 22nd Row Crop

Jeff’s paintings hang in the homes of art collectors across the globe, including Sir Elton John, Warren E. Buffett, John Cena, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and many others touched by Jeff’s generous soul and unique style.

Jeff’s remarkable journey through adversity is summarized by his slogan, “Don’t let your CLOD define you!” Focus on what you CAN do, not what you CAN’T do! Jeff Hanson became defined by art, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. Not by CLOD. Not “the kid who lost his vision to a brain tumor.”

Jeff Hanson’s core belief embodies his spirit of giving.

“Every act of kindness helps create kinder communities, more compassionate nations and a better world for all – even one painting at a time.”

Learn more about Artist Jeff Hanson’s inspiring journey…

Lessons From CLOD, a book about Jeff’s triumphs through adversity, is available here or Amazon.

18 Comments. Leave new

  • Hi Jeff…
    In my continued search of your website, I noticed a mention of your “Art from the HeART Valentine project”.
    Is it too late to nominate one of my favorite charities? If that is the case, I would like to nominate our local philharmonic orchestra leader’s project teaching violin to children in the communitywho otherwise would never have the opportunity to either play, or receive musical training. As our politicians co tinue to reduce school budgets , art and music are Tao programs that suffer. As our maestro continually tells us, learning music helps to develop math skills for children. It is a form of art that all children from 5 up have been successful. We ask for donations for this program every year in order to increase the number of children offered this program.

    If you are still taking nominations, please let me know and I will send you all the information about this program.
    Thank you, and please keep up the beautiful painting! I still plan on buying one,
    Bless all you have and are doing,
    Peggy Olson

    • Good Morning From Jeff Hanson Art
      Hello Peggy-
      Thank you for your recent inquiry of my “Art From the HeART” Valentine project. It returns February 1, 2019.
      At the beginning of February, I will be taking nominations of organizations who have live charity auctions.
      At age 12, I began donating my artwork to charity events. To date, my artwork has generated over $4.5 million dollars on live auctions across the nation. For example, some of the organizations I have helped include: Children’s Hospitals, Make-A-Wish, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association and many more.
      Thanks again for reaching out!
      Jeff Hanson

  • Peggy Olson
    April 3, 2018 7:51 am

    Hi Jeff,
    I come back to your site continually since first discovering your Dad’s book. Has he done an update so your fans can keep up with new paintings and styles? Also your fans are curious about how your funds are growing.

    I am still trying to figure out how to add one of your paintings to my collection. My husband, now deceased, painted some beautiful florals and I have pocked one of yours to go with his.

    Keep up the beautiful work and continue to live your life in the extraordinary fashion of a committed philanthropist.

    My prayers are with you,
    Peggy Olson

  • Jeff, ur story is so inspiring. I would love to know how or where to but one of ur paintings. I love supporting artist with a vision and a selfless goal like yours. I don’t know if I could afford one, but I would like to try. Love ur story and all the color u paint with. BEAUTIFUL WORK!

    • Greetings from Jeff Hanson Art
      Hello Andrea-
      Thank you for your kind words! I am thrilled to hear you like my artwork. You must like COLOR and TEXTURE!!
      My original paintings and canvas prints are available on my website GALLERY and SHOP at
      Many clients opt to commission a painting, which another option.
      I am happy to answer your questions by email or phone.

  • Victoria Slaymaker
    February 8, 2018 5:30 pm

    Hi Jeff,

    I am absolutely thrilled to hear about your philanthropic accomplishments and future goals! Your tireless energy and commitment to others are so inspiring! I would call myself a fan of your incredible work – and owning an original Jeff Hanson painting is at the very top of my “bucket list!” In the meantime, I have purchased a set of your handpainted note cards which are displayed in frames in my apartment. Is that cheating?

    I’ve seen you blossom from a gregarious young teen into the formidable artist and gentleman you are now. One thing has been consistent; your talent and your work. What you do is very unique, like you, and awe inspiring. I might add, your parents are to be commended for their complete appreciation and support, which have surely been instrumental to your success to date.

    Please add me to your mailing lists so I can be informed of your upcoming events. I am also interested in doing volunteer work if you ever need help. (I have 15 years’ experience in the fundraising department of a major nonprofit charity.) Please let me know if I can do anything to help your cause.

    I can hardly wait to see where your career takes you next!

    Your fan and friend,


    • Greetings from Jeff Hanson Art
      Hello Vicki-
      WOW! What kind words. Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding my artwork and philanthropic endeavors.
      My artwork evolves constantly. It is easy for me to come up with new creations in the studio.
      However, my philanthropic endeavors require lots of work and love for others. The greatest days on this Earth are those spent helping others. I say, “Generosity begets generosity.”
      My core belief is “Every act of kindness helps create kinder communities, more compassionate nations and a better world for all … even one painting at a time.”
      Mother Teresa’s quote, “Small things done with great love change the world” is how I want to live my life.
      I hope you will come visit my new Jeff Hanson Art Gallery & Studio some day.
      Thanks again for making my day!
      Jeff Hanson

  • Delotes Stafford
    October 7, 2017 6:49 pm

    Jeff, I just received my packet of Mediterranean in Bloom note cards and extra Notepad. I love them both. Thanks so much for the notepad. It was all packed so nicely for shipping so there was no damage. Thanks for mailing it right away.Delores Stafforf

    • Greetings from Jeff Hanson Art
      Hi Delores-
      Thank you for your kind message. I am thrilled to hear your note cards and note pad arrived in mint condition.
      Enjoy sharing my art and story with your family and friends!
      Be sure to plan a visit to the Jeff Hanson Art studio and gallery in Overland Park, KS one day soon.
      All My Best,
      Jeff Hanson

  • Peggy Olson
    May 1, 2017 2:45 pm

    I read your father’s book and was so impressed by you and your family. You Jeff are the personification of Jesus’s disciples…
    you carry His message of “Love one another” with what you do and how you do it. Keep up the blessed work and you will make your philanthropic target by 21! Prayers go with you,

    • Greetings from Jeff Hanson Art
      Hi Peggy-
      Thank you for reading “Lessons From CLOD.” I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed the book.
      Continue to following my art journey via my website, Facebook and Instagram.
      Happy May Day!

  • Jeff, my wife and I purchased one of your paintings tonight at the JA gala in Houston. Although we didn’t get the one we really liked, we are excited about the one you will create for us. The flowers remind us so much of the blue bonnets and Indian Paintbrush we see along the Texas highways this time of year! You are a talented young man and you do so much for charity. It was a pleasure meeting you tonight
    Chad Deaton

  • James Behanick
    March 21, 2017 7:03 pm

    Jeff!!! I’m at the JA event! Congrats on raising another $66,000!!!!

    • Hi James-
      Thank you for supporting the Jr. Achievement SE Texas gala. It was a fabulous event. And, of course I am thrilled my artwork generated $66,000 (plus $1,000 for my cummerbund and bow tie)!
      Continue to follow my art and philanthropic endeavors on my website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
      Thanks for all you do!
      Jeff Hanson

  • You are just getting more amazing as you create more works. Love is winning…….
    Peace and love
    Di Zimmer

    • Di- Thank you for your kind words. It is important for me to constantly be creating and trying new concepts. From the experimenting comes new paintings.
      Regarding philanthropy, one thing I know for sure…Generosity begets generosity. As Elton John said to me, “Jeff, if you give to the world, the world will give back.”

  • I saw two of your paintings hanging in the Teen Room on Henson four at Children’s Mercy Downtown earlier this week while taking a tour. And, today a friend introduced me to your “Art From the HeART” Valentine project where I can nominate my favorite charity to receive one of your paintings for a live auction. I think those two coincidences are meaningful! And, from what I’ve read so far, I’m proud to join the ranks as a fan of you and your work! Bless you for what you are doing as a philanthropist and also as an inspiration to others – you ARE an inspiration!


    • Maria-
      Thank you for your nice note.
      The paintings in the Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) Teen Room are titled “Lost in Lasagna” and “Neon Noodles.” I gifted a collection of 30 paintings to CMH oncology clinic titled “Summer Vacation.” In the CMH executive board room, you will find a triptych titled “Playground in Provence.”
      I am so excited about my annual “Art From the HeART” Valentine project. This year I decided to donate paintings to the first and second place winners, Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation (Columbus, NE) and Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation (Bethesda, MD). “Art From the HeART” kicks off annually on February 1.


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