The work of Overland Park artist Jeff Hanson will be on full display on Saturday and Sunday in Daytona, Fla.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
Hanson, 20, did the artwork on No. 73 race car in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season opening race of the International Motor Sports Association.
His artwork will be on display not only on the race car but also on the helmet of race driver/actor Patrick Dempsey.
Hanson got the job of designing the art for the car despite being visually impaired.
“I live with a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis and an optic nerve tumor, (nicknamed CLOD)” he said. “The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding affected treatment (for the condition).
“The CFT Racing4Research program raises funds and awareness of and for neurofibromatosis research through a diverse racing program that is annually anchored by the Rolex 24.”
Hanson met with program director Jill Beck in May about painting a canvas specifically for a CTF race car. “I am thrilled to be part of this meaningful, exciting collaborative project,” he said.
Hanson presented several concepts to Beck.
“She then analyzed which painting style would lend itself to a Porsche speeding on a race track,” Hanson said. “I am so excited to see my artwork move at speeds of 180 mph.”
It was not an easy task to come up with the art for the race car.
“I painted on a high quality, drum tight 2.5 inch depth canvases,” he said. “My artwork is acrylic on heavily textured canvas.”
And it wasn’t a quick task to do the painting.
“It took me approximately eight weeks to complete the canvas,” he said.
He donated the painting to the Children’s Tumor Foundation Racing4Research program.
“The canvas will be auctioned with all proceeds benefiting neurofibromatosis research,” Hanson said. “My artwork will also be on Patrick Dempsey’s helmet.
“I will autograph the helmet and auction it off for neurofibromatosis research.”
Hanson will be in Daytona for the race.
“I cannot wait to meet the CTF Park Place Motorsports race team,” he said. “It also be a thrill to meet Patrick Dempsey, as he, too, knows the joy in giving back to the world.”
Hanson started his art business, Jeffrey Owen Hanson LLC, at age 15.
“I built the business backwards with a philanthropy first model,” Hanson said. “I believe every act of kindness helps create kinder communities, more compassionate nations and a better world for all, even one painting at a time.
“My business is continually diversifying, finding new ways to impact the world. Most recently, my artwork translated to couture fashion, with models dressed in hand-painted, red carpet gowns walking fashion runways.”
His father, Hal Hanson, recently published a book, “Lessons from CLOD” about his son’s story.