Art

"What’s your story?” Asked Pete Winemiller, SVP of Guest Relations for the Seattle Sonics, on my first day with the team. I wasn’t sure how to answer. "My story? As in...

I used to be really good spelling. Yes, as is… spelling words. In fact, in 4th grade, I breezed through my elementary school's spelling bee competition and went on to participate in the District competition. I was pretty sure I was going to win. I could spell really difficult words - words I could barely pronounce. So, how’d I do? I was the first person out. In the first round. Did I mention that in the first round they give you the easiest possible word to spell so each competitor can get comfortable on stage? Yeah, I misspelled that one. My word? LIMIT. I completely froze on stage after...

As seen on: Keegan Hall takes over the Q13 FOX Instagram and inspires us to #DreamBig His drawings are incredible, but Keegan Hall wasn’t devoting time to his art until earlier this year. Things changed after Keegan’s mom passed away unexpectedly. She was preparing to battle cancer for the second time. But sometime in the months that followed he says, “One day I was thinking about my mom and all the great memories we shared – particularly how much she enjoyed my art – and I suddenly had the urge to sit down and draw, something I hadn’t done for many years. Twenty-five hours later I finished the drawing...

Helping others, no matter how small the gesture, can have a positive ripple effect far greater than the deed itself. When Marty gave my sister his prized Ichiro bat, he expected nothing in return. After all, the sheer joy of giving was reward enough for him, which made this surprise even sweeter. I was blown away by his generosity, and I wasn’t alone. The Seattle Mariners read my post about Marty and wanted to continue the chain of ‪‎#PayItForward‬ and give him something special. Something that he’d truly treasure: an autographed Ichiro jersey. I stopped by the Mariners front office and picked up...

This is Marty. He’s a pretty amazing person. You'll soon know why. We’re holding one of Ichiro’s bats that Marty purchased at an auction many years ago while Ichiro was still playing for the Mariners. Such a cool piece of sports memorabilia! Prior to taking this picture, Marty and I had never met. However, he emailed me on Friday with an idea. Marty had recently learned about my art and was doing a bit more research when he came across a post I wrote about my disabled sister, Joanna, and how big of a Mariners fan she is...

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the students at Truman High School (pics courtesy of Jennifer Moody). For those not familiar, Truman HS is an “alternative” high school, and each student attends Truman for their own unique reasons (bullying, attendance issues, social challenges, etc). I was invited to tell the students about my story and show them my artwork but, as I began to speak, I realized that I had an opportunity to deliver a message that was far more meaningful and, ironically, less about me… and more about them. As a society, these kids are often marginalized because...

Final Drawing: BeastMode. 15” x 24”. Pencil on paper. This drawing took 40 hours to complete. One thing that I really wanted to focus on in this drawing was accurately portraying the various textures within the composition. I wanted the helmets to look solid, yet truly shine (if you look closely in #50’s helmet you can see the reflection of CenturyLink Field). I wanted the jerseys and pants to look like soft fabric while also showing movement. I drew individuals blades of grass to further heighten the sense of realism. In all, I think the piece came together nicely, and hopefully...

Thanks to social media, I’ve had the opportunity share my work with a lot of people over the past several month. Each time I post a drawing, at least one person makes a comment similar to “How did you learn to draw like that? I can only draw stick figures.” My reply is always the same: there was once a time that I could only draw stick figures, too. A person doesn’t get “good” at something overnight. I’ve spent literally thousands of hours drawing throughout my life. In the beginning, my drawings were utterly terrible. But, over time, they gradually got better....

  [embed]https://youtu.be/R6JWrZIdvRo[/embed]   Final drawing. Seattle Storm: Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd. 15” x 23”. Pencil on paper. This piece is going to be at the center of the Storm’s season ticket renewal campaign. Starting Friday, the only way for Storm fans to get one of these prints is to renew their season tickets. It’s actually great timing because their Season Ticket Holder Party is the following weekend, and I’ll be joining Sue and Jewell at the party to sign prints for fans. Should be fun! I had a lot of fun with this one, but it wasn’t without it’s challenges. Drawing faces are always...

  [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZopboz9q44[/embed]   Final Drawing: The Huddle. 15” x 23”. Pencil on paper.  Prints are now available. I can confidently say that this is the best drawing I’ve ever done, and is also my highest commissioned piece ($4k), which I plan to use towards an upcoming charity project. This piece challenged me in so many ways. For starters, this the most ambitious composition that I’ve ever attempted. There are eight players in this piece, and nearly the entire image consists of ultra-high detail. Needless to say, this piece took a lot of time to complete. I spent over 60 hours on it (an all time high for a...

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