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.
Thank you Lord for the wisdom of the fox; had I continued on the destructive path of an angry wolf, I would have never discovered the narrow path which leads me home – FREEDOM!!! I was found suitable for parole on July 8, 2022.
Artist Cedrick, 38Creative Educational Damage If my original artwork could be summed up in three words, it's creative, educational and damage. They are also an acronym for my initials. When I put my art pieces together my goal is to stir...
Artist Fabian, 43At 16, I was released from a hospital for depression, suicide attempt and substance abuse. My sister introduced me to art and I quickly fell in love with the POP art movement. I submitted to depression and drugs a year or so...
I was on the front lines moving incarcerated people into isolated housing when COVID hit us hard. Some of the guys I helped are no longer with us due to Covid. That makes me sad, yet, I honor their lives by staying strong and faithful to God, in Christ’s name. And gaining joy by giving back through my artwork.
Patrick “Jimmy’s” Gallery
My inspiration is a chaotic mix of my Native American culture and my love of all things Steampunk and Star wars.
Artist Gregory, 46Incarcerated: 22 yearsHoused: San Quentin State Prison “And remember if you can be anything in this life… BE KIND!!!”
Artist Kelsey, 63My name is Kelsey “Kels,” I’m 63 years old, and from Simi Valley California. I'm what is known as a true tattoo artist because I learned to draw specifically for tattooing. I draw the line at evil, horror, haunted types of stuff,...
Artist Bruce, 56A carpenter by trade, I think of myself as a craftsman more than an artist but I do enjoy painting. I have a deep love of the ocean and all things nautical.
Artist Ivié, 55Self-Forgiveness is a work in progressIt takes a strong person to stand and liveWith the burden of a sin, a regret, a remorse and not hideLearning to live with your faults before forgiving yourselfWill light your torch for the long...
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...
Artist Anthony, 24