KEENE, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An 89 year-old man got his big break in the global art scene, all from the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Seaman from Needham has been drawing all his life, but has taken his practice to new heights by committing to drawing a doodle a day.
"The whole thing started as something to do in order to keep myself occupied and amuse a few friends," Seaman told WBZ's Suzanne Sausville. But then the art began to spread, and people across the United States, Canada, and England wanted to purchase some of Seaman's work.
"It's so gratifying in this late stage of my life to be able to do something that's really positive and that people appreciate." Seaman's daughter, Robin, set up an Etsy account as a marketplace for his artwork, with half of the proceeds going to local charities. They have donated more than $10,000, with Seaman having completed 570 doodles and counting at the time of posting.
Seaman said he has no intention of slowing down either, "I get excited about dreaming up another drawing, because among other things it's what keeps me going. Maybe people get sick of looking at them, but I don't get sick of doing them."
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.