Artist teams up with Richard Sherman to sell prints for charity
Keegan Hall is returning to his drawing roots, picking up the pad and pencils that offered escape from his childhood in a trailer park. "We didn't grow up with a lot of money," said Hall. "So it was an opportunity for me to kind of get lost in my thoughts."
Hall abandoned his hobby after college for a marketing career but some famous athletes aren't letting him drop the ball again.
Seahawk Richard Sherman is teaming up with Hall, signing and selling 200 prints of a Hawk huddle for Sherman's Blanket Coverage foundation to provide basics for low income kids. " I just reached out to him on twitter and he immediately said yes," Hall said.
At 200 dollars a print, the artist and athlete could raise $40,000. Hall said,"I definitely put my heart and soul into that thing, 60 hours kind of laboring away. He sketched a photograph of a huddle but took some artistic liberties. He moved Earl Thomas to the front of the drawing and got rid of Seahawks who are no longer on the roster.
Hall started drawing again after his number one fan, his mom, died of cancer. It was his mother's 2nd round with the disease and it caught everyone off guard. "She started to not feel well on a Friday, went to a hospital on a Saturday, and passed away on Sunday."
Something stirred within and made Hall want to draw. He didn't even know what he was going to put on the paper. He decided to sketch his favorite childhood athlete Michael Jordan. And he reflected on his life and his mom. "Thinking about how much joy my art brought to her, even my bad work. She just loved it and was always so supportive of my art," Hall said.
A friend then asked him to draw Seahawk Kam Chancellor. Hall said Chancellor saw it on line and retweeted it. That exposure led to another buddy wanting to give a Hall original to Mariner Felix Hernandez. "Felix started following on Instagram," said Hall. Next the Seattle Storm recruited Hall for a drawing to be an incentive for season ticket renewals.
By the time Hall hit up Sherman, Hall had a portfolio of a-listers. He said of Sherman, "Being able to team up with somebody like that who does bring so much hope and compassion back to his community is pretty special."
The Seahawk's support is a game changer for Hall but the artist credits his new success to the mom who believed in the boy who loved to draw. "She's behind the scenes pulling these strings. I have no doubt about that."
Hall said it's not about the money, it's about being able to give back to kids who find themselves in situations like he did growing up. "Money is one form of currency. The gratitude of being able to help someone is so much more valuable than a dollar," he said.
His prints will be available Friday 9/11/15 starting at 10:00 a.m. on KeeganHall.com.