Art

I’m still amazed at the power of art, and the impact it can have on others. My seemingly innocent idea of creating a drawing and then signing and numbering 200 prints for charity has turned into something bigger than I could have imagined. In the past year my art has raised nearly $150k for charity, and along the way I’ve gotten to work with some amazing people - folks who are in the public spotlight and many who are not. And, if you’re reading this, it’s likely that you contributed to that donation by purchasing a print. Together, we’ve made a real, positive...

Many details regarding my "journey back to art" have been told over the past year, but there is still so much more to my story. When I speak with students I go deeper into my background, highlight other personal challenges that I overcame, my outlook on life and success, and much more. if I can inspire even one person then it’s all worth it. But you never really know if your message was fully absorbed by the students. Well, now I know. I received a package full of hand-written “thank you” cards from Bonney Lake High School students. It was so amazing to read...

This is Noah. He’s a pretty special kid. You’ll soon know why. Last night I attended my first ever Boston Celtics game. Noah happened to sit next to me. I didn’t know him before this moment. As it turns out, Noah is a SUPER fan. He knows every player, their stats, and much more. His knowledge was impressive. Did I mention he’s only 7-years-old? But that’s not the most amazing part of this story. During a timeout the Celtics players threw t-shirts into the crowd. If you’ve attended a sporting event then you know that people freak out and will push and shove just to get a...

Last year, as my artwork began to gain attention, a friend of mine connected me with a prominent person in the national art community. We discussed my work, the many challenges that artists face to “make it” in the industry, and he outlined the business side of art. Long story short: he told me the only way to be successful as an artist was to contact art galleries, and hope that they would endorse me and promote my work. However, according to him, my artwork is NOT gallery-worthy and, as a result, I have NO chance of succeeding. My reply? If galleries have no...

"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...

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