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 benefitted 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.