Artists from the Inside

Please enjoy the artwork of individuals we have interviewed while incarcerated. Their palate provides insight into the struggles incarcerated people face while revealing their life behind the bars. The art within this gallery gives our artists an outlet to express their thoughts, feelings, pains and dreams in a positive way that may not be possible in any other form. The art you see here is their outlet. They use seven elements to create: line, color, value, shape, form, space, and texture. We hope their work will expand your knowledge, understanding and appreciation surrounding the difficulties incarcerated individuals endure.

Featured Artist

Raul’s Gallery

Raul’s Gallery

  Artist Raul, 63Paper Coffee Painting How do I paint with coffee? Instead of paint with brushes, I use a paperclip to paint. Using the tip and slanting the paper clip sideways paint larger spaces. It is tedious work and requires patience and a steady hand. The first...

Raul’s Gallery

  Artist Raul, 63Paper Coffee Painting How do I paint with coffee? Instead of paint with brushes, I use a paperclip to paint. Using the tip and slanting the paper clip sideways paint larger spaces. It is tedious work and requires patience and a steady hand. The first step, I use a small plastic...

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Paul’s Gallery

Paul’s Gallery

  Artist Paul, 64I first began oil painting in 1978, shortly after I was discharged from the army at the end of 1977. I then took a couple of classes at Fullerton Community College. My painting instructor told me to paint whatever I felt like...

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Jorge’s Gallery

Jorge’s Gallery

Artist Jorge, 37WHAT GOT YOU INTO ART? Everything started in Juvenile Hall when I was arrested at age 16. I was not good at reading and writing, not even in Spanish, and I was lacking in education. I remember I had a stock of letters from my mom in...

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Scott’s Gallery

Scott’s Gallery

Artist Scott, 51...I started drawing in the county jail in 1996 to help maintain some sanity. I found that drawing allowed me to manage what I was thinking about. I would focus more on the image and less on my predicament and isolation as I ended...

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Erick’s Gallery

Erick’s Gallery

Artist Erick, 36I first started with art when I was in jail to send to my friends and family. I eventually met other people that drew, who made their own tools, and were way better. They motivated me to improve. I had a knack for drawing before I...

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Gerald’s Gallery

Gerald’s Gallery

    Artist Gerald, 68It all started in high school when I first started really noticing girls. We had a subscription to Jet Magazine. I started drawing the centerfold models, to the point that they appeared like photos. However, once I started...

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