KEEGAN HALL: Making magic with a pencil.
About the artist:
Keegan Hall is a pencil artist based in Seattle, WA. He spent the majority of his childhood living in a single-wide mobile home in a trailer park in the small town of Sumner, WA. His only sibling, Joanna, was born with Cerebral Palsy and is legally blind, which further added to his family’s challenges. However, from a young age Keegan was passionate about three things: drawings, sports and helping others.
He regularly volunteered for the Special Olympics and, while in high school, he was the Captain of the basketball team and also competed in the Washington State Art Completion. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Washington where he was selected as the youngest art student to attend UW’s Studio Art Program in Rome, Italy. However, following his graduation, he gave up is dream of becoming and artist and began a “professional” career including spending five years with the Seattle Sonics.
Following the sudden and unexpected passing of his mother just over a year ago, Keegan sat down to draw, something he hadn’t done in over eight years, as a method to deal with the overwhelming grief.
He posted his first two drawing on Facebook, Twitter and lnstagram, which garnered tremendous attention. In fact, the second drawing, which was of Seattle Seahawks’ Kam
Chancellor, was spotted by Kam himself. Kam then shared the drawing on his Twitter and lnstagram pages, and he also requested to get his own drawing from Keegan.
That massive exposure turned into commissioned pieces for other top-tier athletes including Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, Seahawks Richard Sherman, Sonics Gary Payton, and his drawings have also been shared extensively on the social media pages of the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Storm, and many others.
Keegan’s journey back to art hit mainstream media when he was featured on NBC’s Today Show. Although his artwork was starting to gain national attention, his commitment to using his art to help others continued to be a driving force. He has donated many original drawings and prints to charities, and his #KEEGAN200 campaign with Seahawks’ Richard Sherman raised $40,000 in one day. Other charity fundraising collaboration include Seahawks Micheal Bennett as also Jermaine Kearse, as well as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. In just the past year he has donated over $150k to charity from selling his artwork, and he has several other charity collaborations with high-profile athletes and celebrities planned for this year.
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