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I've been locked up since June 6th, 2013. I have ADHD, and being stuck in a cell most of the day didn't help the relationship between me and my cell mates. As a meditative therapy I taught myself how to draw. It started as simple sketches, but I've improved my technique and picked up new ones along the way.  It's been fun and has sustained me throughout my time. Over the past six months, starting around December 2018, I started painting and fell in love with it. Unfortunately, at the beginning of 2019, the prison stopped selling paint, but everyone here is going through the channels to try and talk them into selling it again.  I couldn't wait, however, so I started making my own paint. I use crushed up chalk and toothpaste, and have had to reteach myself some of the techniques...but it is working. That ingenuity earned me the nickname "McGyver", and now other artists are trying the same recipe and painting methods. In all, I believe they're finding it both fun and challenging to do.

Click on my name to visit my online portfolio where you can  purchase my work on over 60 products. Interested in original or limited prints of my work? Check out my Featured Artist Page here.

Read about our artists here, then click their name to visit their online portfolio. 

We're on a first name basis with our artists. Please view prison art by first name. 

Greetings from JTVCC Smyrna Del-o-where?! As bad as it is here, it has gotten better since the Sargent Floyd riot, hostage, murder thing. 

I'm on my 7th of a 20 year bit, and I just turned 60! 

I've submitted over 30 studio gallery-quality paintings in the JTVCC Prison arr program, and not one has sold. Can't get them back. But "...it's therapy and I should be grateful..." Sigh. 

The truth is that I have more inner peace now than I've had since I was 10-uears-old. Art, music, ...amd the Word; it's the communication of the heart.

Thank you for letting me share this with you.

Freedom is a state of mind, mostly; a state of being...not so much. 

-- A Jimmyism

Love always,

Jimmy



With over 40 years of experience, I have been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil. I was born December 2, 1971 in Bradenton, Florida.

I have several passions when it comes to my art. I love to airbrush and have airbrushed t-shirts. I once airbrushed Martin Luther King and Malcom X on a car.

I'm very passionate about Afro-centric art. I have a tarot deck I made on the Orishas of Dahomey and the "OBA", just waiting to get published. 

I also love adding Adrinkas in my art and have a talent carving things for my grandsons.

I love drawing African and Latino women, because of all the art and colors in the culture. I like teaching art and Sanfoka as well. 

Family has always been an important part of my life. I love my family and we are very close. I am especially close to my grandsons. I have just over 7 years left in prison and my family will always there for me, just as I am for them.

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Jerry Avery (1)

MY NAME IS JERRY W. AVERY JR. TO SOME I’M KNOWN AS JR. AVERY & TO OTHERS BIG SCREW. I’M THE PROUD FATHER OF TWO VERY BEAUTIFUL TWIN DAUGHTER. I BECAME FASCINATED WITH ART AT A VERY EARLY AGE & HAVE BEEN DRAWING EVER SINCE. I’M NOW 45 YRS. OLD. I AM THE CREATOR OF SCREW’D UP CARDS. MY GREETING CARD LINE CONSISTS OF MANY THEMES & ALL OCCASIONS. BEING INCARCERATED HAS GIVEN ME THE CHANCE TO GET MAJOR FEEDBACK ON MY MOST POPULAR THEME, ADULT MECHANICAL CARDS. THE FEEDBACK I CONTINUE TO RECEIVE FROM FELLOW INMATES AS WELL AS PEOPLE FROM THE FREE WORLD HAS LEFT THEM IN COMPLETE AWE. WHAT MAKES THEM SO UNIQUE IS HOW I DELIVER THE MESSAGE THAT COMPLEMENTS THE ART WORK.I JUST LET MY CREATIVE MIND GO & WHAT USUALLY COME OUT IS SIMPLY AMAZING. I ALSO DO PORTRAITS.AS IS OR WITH MY OWN TWIST. I LOVE TO CREATE, WHETHER IT FROM MY OWN ORIGINAL CONCEPT OR SOMEONE ASKS FOR SOMETHINGTHEN SAYS," JUST DO YOUR THING." I AM MY OWN WORST CRITIC SO I CAN ACCEPT ANY COMMENTS OR FEEDBACK. IF IT HAS SCREW’D UP STAMPED ON IT, THEN I STAND ON IT AS IT BEING MY BEST. YOU HAVE MY WORD ON THAT

Joaquin Cervantes (8)

Joe Salazar (1)

Joel Kline (1)

I'm Joel Kline I make small pictures with acrylics and watercolor paint am watercolor paper. they are about 2-4 inch by 2-4 inches. Mostly I make them into greeting cards but would love to be able to sell them without making them into greeting cards. I was hoping to be able to send you 5 or 10 of them a week. Each takes me about 4-6 hours to make.

I have a life sentence and will never get out of prison so I have nothing but time.

Thank you

Jonathan Ramsdale (1)

John Belden (23)

Beautiful People,

Peace be with you all and I wish you the greatest joy. Art brings me peace and release and I pass it on to you. Prison is a cesspool and place of suffering many mem and women have different ways to deal with it. 

My inspiration comes from everything but the spark is a spontaneous moment I have. So many times I catch a eureka moment. My life is similar to a lot of lower class struggle. The foster homes or orphanages, missing parents, prison, so on...the struggle defines and has made me strange. Now I have ADHD which enhances my talent in a strange way; so much energy and expression. Life, trauma, Army, prison, abuse --it equals PTSD, anxiety and depression. This helps to work through them emotions are strong drivers in my hand too. I'm a fighter literally and in character an innovator and see trash as an opportunity speakup, stand up, teacher, student compassionate so much of my motivation and seld is in art.

I don't have funds to get access to tools and media as you guys have so I use what's around. Some stuff may have been stolen from by guys from staff, paints are crushed colored pencil, glue is flour and water. Ideas and pictures taken from an old 1980s prison library book. Pen ink used as paint, later wall paint. Bartering is our way of gathering tools, homemade paint brushes. Every line-letter-mark is a story. 

I send a short history with each of the original artwork sold off my Featured Artist Page that details the process of creation. So come with me. I'm not hard to find so write me or use jPay.com email anytime. I can use all the support, advice, and love you have. It's the end and I can come home soon so this is the first step in building my brand. Currently I'm in college classes, we have a Vetera group here, and I go to counseling classes.

The future is art, building a career, finish education, entrepreneurial projects, mentoring, change, love, family, travel, opening self to diversity of our world. Struggle begets strength - strength begets accomplishment - accomplishments beget growth, which begets life.

Share with me what you want. Thank you so much for the opportunity and blessing. Until next time then.

Your fellow human being...in a much bigger world. 

Mr. Belden 

Please click on my name above to view my portfolio. Thank you. 

Jose Colon (2)

Hey, my name is Jose Colon. I've been locked up for 16 1/2 years; I'm 36 years old. The inspiration for my work stems from need and dreams. I'm driven by an obsessive need to succeed...despite the odds against me. It is my dream to share my work with the world. Click or tap my name to view my work. Thanks for being here.

Joseph Edwards (18)

Julianna Reyes (2)

Read about our artists here, then click their name to visit their online portfolio. 

We're on a first name basis with our artists. Please view prison art by first name. 

Kashun Watson (11)

Click on my name to visit my portfolio. 

Not really sure what to say about myself. I used to travel a lot; Iiked to look at the country, the hills and way-out stuff. I guess when I paint, I’m doing that still...only in my mind. 

My inspiration comes partly from photos I find in magazines; partly from memory. For a couple years I attended art school in Freeport, Illinois. My usual work is much larger but, in prison, people want art that fits in an envelope. I’ve made thousands of them over the last 15 years of my incarceration. People buy them from me to send to family. The moms seemed to like them the best. Hearing that makes me feel good.

The past and the future don’t really matter to me anymore; I just try to stay faithful to Jesus and look forward to meeting Him. For me, every picture I make has a story relating to these feelings. 

Not much more to say about myself. I was in the Army for 16 years, and used to be a businessman. Had a wife and 5 kids…all gone now.

Thanks to PrisonArtWare.com and its interns and board of directors for giving me this opportunity to archive my work in a safe and permanent place.

Kenedi Sarafolean (1)

Kent Frank (1)

My son cannot do this but gives me his art. I asked what art means to him and this is what he said: I am literally a man buried alive. Every morning I look into a mirror and burst within, insanity burglarize my mind as I cry knowing this is my life, life at 16, 16 doing life.

Now 27, the only thing true in my life is art. It is my artillery Behind These Walls. And for you I promise to be as articulately artful as possible. This is how I can be true to you.

Read about our artists here, then click their name to visit their online portfolio. 

We're on a first name basis with our artists. Please view prison art by first name. 

Lawrence Mott (4)

Dear Readers

Let me start by telling you how I came to drawing. I started when I was in the county jail. We were locked in our cells 23 hours per day. I had nothing to do but read a pocket-sized bible...and write letters to home. I spent two years in there, and you can only read the bible so many times.

So I started to draw. Mostly I drew pictures without any shading so I could get better at my line work. It wasn't until I went to prison that I learned how to do the shading work. I'd been down for five years at this point, then I met this guy taught me how to shade. I've been drawing now for 12 years and hope to do it the rest of my life. 

I've always been into tattoos and the tatoo world. It's an art that has evolved so much that got me hooked. It went from doing work that looked like that of a child, to the masterpieces I do now. I like seeing these people walking around with these pieces of artwork on them. It became my inspiration to make myself better with my work. I'm hoping to make sculpture when I'm released from prison, so look out for them in around four years. 

All of my artwork is signed with my prison nickname, "Lazy" so you know what is mine when you see it and a symbol next to it.

Luis Gonzalez (1)

Leonard Willis (8)

Leonard (Willis) Willis Jr's love for drawing was born out of his love for semi tractor trailers. Pulled out of school at the fifth-grade, his dad made him work like a grown man, introducing Willis to heavy machinery. But as he grew older, having his youth spent at hard labor—stifling his creative nature—brought emotional pain which led drugs. Addiction led to crime. 

In prison, bored, and missing that freedom big rigs offered him over the open road, he looked deep inside himself, pouring out his heart, drawing semi trucks from pictures and memory—envisioning a new future. Feelings and encouragement from fellow inmates revealed natural talent and Willis wanted more, so he taught himself to draw portraits of famous people. "Great love", Leonardo da Vinci said”, is born from great knowledge of the thing loved". For Willis, a love of drawing was born.

In federal prison for bank robbery, he'd learned that his prison job painting would pay more for him if he earned a GED. Wanting more money for art supplies, he studied and passed the high school equivalency test, graduating in a cap and gown ceremony. 

Knowing that if he got into any trouble, the prison guards would take his art supplies, he adhered to all the prison rules. His love and talent for drawing grew, changing his beliefs and himself, others, and the world.

Now he's driven to use art as a way to enliven and make better the lives of others. 

Art saved Willis’s life. In prison it set him free. Drawing daily, and doing it for its own sake, he's excited about his future. 

For questions, comments, or inquiries into custom commissions, contact Willis's gallery rep, Intern Zachary at internzachary@prisonartware.com.

Liddie King (1)

I am a struggling African American Artist looking to make some positive changes in society with my artwork. I have been incarcerated since 2007 and at the age of 51 have made many bad decisions in my life (which doesn't necessarily make me a bad guy), but even after having this setback in life I still strive to generate happiness for myself and others. With your financial support in purchasing my artwork, I will be donating 10% of all proceeds to the children's hospital with the hope of helping our youth to have an equal chance at taking on life's experiences. I use my own life's experiences as a source of inspiration because no matter what challenges society is faced with, we will prevail as long as we are persistent in providing happiness to others. Life revolves in circles and I'll never give up on hope, love, and understanding because we all have a voice that needs to be heard... then put forth the effort to make change.

Read about our artists here, then click their name to visit their online portfolio. 

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Marlon Young (0)

Mecquon Jones (1)

Michael Apelt (3)

Greetings! My name is Michael Apelt. I am a 55 year old self-taught artist from Germany. I became interested in abstract and contemporary art as a way of escaping the gray walls of this place. Art helps me express my artistic talent, which I use as a tool to help pass the time in a productive, positive, and uplifting manner.

I have been an artist for about 27 years, using mostly colored pencil and paper. I recently started painting on canvas and, with the help and encouragement of my legal team, feel I'm making great strides in matching my painting ability with that of my pencil with pencil. 

Art has a way of providing me a certain amount of focus in abstract images and style of colorful expressionism. I think each of my paintings tell a personal story of both common and special relationships and memories that I hope will be appreciated.

Your generous support will help me with art resources and rehabilitative programs. I have many ideas for more work and welcome the challenge of any special requests from my viewers. Thanks for re

Michael A. Draven (100)

Welcome. The stunning work of prison artist, Anthony Michael Draven is brought to you by PrisonArtWare.com


Prior to being incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, nor had any part of, Michael Draven was an actor(several stage appearances as well as two indie films of which he played lead characters), a budding 

filmmaker, writer(poetry ,scripts, etc), a business minded individual and owner of his own photography and film company (he has many other plans for businesses as well varying in subject).


His style of photography would be best described as a natural, emotional way of photography. It was done by his gut and the feelings that lead to such photographs; the raw instinct to listen to the Muses of creativity.


Society clings to a beauty or what it thinks it means to be beautiful which Draven does not adhere to. He abhors the self-absorbed, fake reality-driven egotistical harlots (male and female) whom haven’t a clue


As to what true beauty is, as they are unaware of who they are and their place in this universe, Draven adheres to the beauty ,the simplicity, of a grandmother’s happiness holding her grandson; a flower being 

a flower; the glory of the moon and sun or the humor of a donkey being spray-painted to look like a zebra, and the locals of Mexico charging Americans $5 to take a photo with it. These are the subjects of his eye that captures his imagination and so much more. For the better part of 10 years (his incarceration 

so far, of a LIFE sentence) these images have collected the digital dust of time and now will be available to the public for its enjoyment.


It is in his opinion that no matter whom it may be, you will always have those you despise your directions in life, whether you are a dancer, actor, artist or other, bear no chains, unshackle all fears and let no one hold you back from following your truest intent of heart and spirit. Artists as a whole are frowned upon by the heads of acceptable societal norms yet we are the ones who create all the world to 

see ,whether words ,drawings ,photos, statues, or the very buildings of which they seat their power. We are the true masters of society and its unlimitless potential.Draven’s only regret is the loss of 10 years worth of photographs he would have created and shared with the world if her were among you. His devotion, beliefs and faith to the European traditionalist viewpoint of Wicca/Witchcraft (don’t 

believe the stereotypes or misconceptions that is propaganda sowed by those with differing belief systems) that his grandmother taught him, or the way he was born and raised in Virginia his mother and the values he grew up on, and the fact of his Romanian and Irish heritage all influenced his art style and the imagery of which you see. To see past the general object of beauty and capture the hidden mystery of its existence. As an artist we all have our Muses, his are his friends, family and the Gods, Goddesses ,spirits, and ancestors who drives him in all his does whatever the format of artistry.


Whether his emotional photography, his dark poetry or some other work ,he only wishes for you to enjoy it and take time to cherish friends, family and the breath of freedom so many take for granted

Michael "Empty" Jasper

Born out of sorrow, comes the severe hallucinations crafted by the twisted mind of Empty aka Michael Jasper. Stigmatized by a system out of control, images manifest to his adept hands. Equally versed in 

creation as well as the destruction of art. 

He and his art are thus influenced by the great surrealists M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali, and the greatest 

H.R. Giger. He manipulates his muses into a style he refers to as “Horror Porn”, giving your mind and 

eyes powerful orgasms. He only wishes for you to join in his pain, see his hate, enjoy his lust, and 

experience his anguish.

Classically schooled in art, as well as life’s hard lessons of love and hate, his style and ambiance 

transcend traditional values and viewpoints. His work comes alive as a shadow lurking in corners or as a 

moment of clarity in the chaos of life, equally bruising your mind and spirit as you embrace it. 

From Baltimore, MD, he was fueled by Heavy Metal and sickness, helpless to his calling as an artist, 

allowing his emotions to bleed his instruments dry, whether pen, pencil, or brush. Embracing his 

madness, he finds his solace moments of creation, as all artists do. And in the most chaotic of places, 

prison, with only simple copy paper, prison safety pins, and pieces of prison shoes used as an eraser, he 

thus creates his dreams, memories, and nightmares for your delight. He occasionally ventures into color 

using a child’s love for coloring and their imagination yet in the hands of a skilled master still evolving. 

Aside from these stand alone originals, he is also currently illustrating the words and madness of a 

graphic novelist. Over his 40 plus years of life, this is the first collaboration he’s been privy to. He only 

wonders why at 46 it hasn’t happened before, to share his art to create with another. He yearns as all 

artists for his art, ideas, and dreams to fly into the realms of success. To put behind him the days of 

living in a graveyard like some love-struck ghoul wanted an old forgotten love. Or was he simply a fool as 

all artists have been called when one dares to dream?

So here he presents this menagerie for you to enjoy and revel in a dreamer’s dream

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We're on a first name basis with our artists. Please view prison art by first name. 

Nathan Diaz (1)

Noel Redd (0)

Nathaniel Tumbwe (1)

Read about our artists here, then click their name to visit their online portfolio. 

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Oscar Parras (0)

Hello I'm Oscar Parras "Master Chief" . First of all a big thanks for taking the time to see some of my images and read about my work. In the free world, I was an automotive custom painter for over 25 years. While incarcerated, I've become a self-taught artist.

I first started with doing greeting cards "for a soup". Yes I worked for food. With time, it became a love, and I saw it as a way to get out of these walls. 

As Texas prisoners we do not get paid, so thanks to PrisonArtWare.com for allowing me to post some of my custom work. 

The "Hunger for Knowledge" was commissioned as encouragement for a teacher's classroom. "Stand Firm" was commissioned for a prison newsletter in British Columbia to keep its readership from giving up.

For the last 9 years I've worked so hard to get my artwork shown outside these walls. I know that PrisonArtWare.com is for real, and I look forward to selling my art and having my viewers submit their requests for custom work. 

If my work is not for you, please continue supporting PrisonArtWare.com for all they do for us on the inside. Requests for custom work can be directed through my rep, Intern Zachary at: internzachary@prisonartware.com

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