Jimmy, 38

Jimmy, 38

Meet Jimmy…

“The one thing that makes individuality is the practice of good works.”

Jimmy, 38

Incarcerated: 22 years

Housed: Sterling Correctional Facility, Colorado

Art has carved a path that has led me to experience a poetic journey of pleasure and pain. It demonstrates and seeks God’s greatest gift, a perfect perception with no variableness, only love. It has my arms opened wide to embrace understanding, a peace within. The process has allowed me to identify and account for attitudes and behaviors. It is an inspiration for those willing to walk by faith and labor in love, not to be first to finish but to enjoy the mileage of prestige. I challenge anyone to live and share their authentic creativity, which expresses time and reveals the mystery of the soul. The one thing that makes individuality is the practice of good works. There is a need for wise teachers to cultivate egos that are too deep in the past and in the future. A true believer in humanity hopes to find peace with one another. A state of perseveration under trial not to control, only poetic revelation of order by faith. The powerful rewards of the universe are waiting for anyone who creates Art forms that stretch across the spectrum of light and shadow. To reveal my testament, love, Art, faith, the will to choose.

Ray, 42

Ray, 42

Meet Ray…

“I’m grateful for this God given gift of being able to draw and create what’s on my mind, more so what’s in my heart”

Ray, 42

Incarcerated: 23 years

Housed: California State Prison, Vacaville

Art is Life. Art is wonderful, soothing, the great escape, but I must mention the golden aspect: art is open for interpretation and all interpretation is valued! As an artist I get asked a well known question, “How long have you been drawing?” My response, since I was five. But as I reflect back on some of the artwork that captivated my attention, it came from prison. My cousin’s boyfriend sent her a hand-made Mickey Mouse card. Mickey had a tank top on, Jacky’s and some Nike Cortez’s on his feet, looking and standing banged out… and that card was drawn in ink pen. Another piece of artwork came from my uncle, he sent my aunt a hand-made card with a car drawn on a piece of filing folder, and the car was a “Monte Carlos” with a tent on the windows and Dayton wire wheels also drawn in ink pen. These pieces of artwork motivated me to keep drawing over and over until I reached some resemblances. Throughout my childhood I’ve had my fair share of getting in trouble and the majority of the time being on punishment, I spent drawing. Now as аn adult being on punishment (incarcerated), my time is devoted to working in the Delancey Street Restaurant, in groups, painting, drawing creatures and practicing with other mediums. But overall I’m grateful for this God given gift of being able to draw and create what’s on my mind, more so what’s in my heart.

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