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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.

How I became an artist is an interesting story. It starts when I was 15 years old where I had a best friend, Ruben, who would receive letters from his older brother (Tony) who himself was in a California prison. On the outside of these envelopes, Tony used to draw some pretty fascinating things for his brother. I used to tell myself that it'd be so cool to get a letter like that in the mail. 

So when I found myself in a similar predicament of being incarcerated as a juvenile and I started learning how to draw on the outsides of the envelopes I sent off.

I started out with basic cartoons, hearts, flowers and crosses images. Later, as my skills improved, I started drawing peacocks and "Smile now, cry later" images. 

When I came to prison again and landed on death row, I had 23 hours a day in my cell so I began to really develop my skills.

I found that I was able to really express myself and show love and compassion for all around me by drawing cultural, prison art, tattoo and fantasy artwork. I began to excel in drawing animals, portraits, still lifes and nudes. 

There are no windows in prison so I get my inspiration from memories and magazines; people also bless me with requests, and that really challenges me to dig deep and do my best work.

I like to use pencil, pen and pastel in my work. I look forward to trying out watercolors and more.

Thanks for reading and viewing my work. Watch for more new work every month.

Edgar Garcia find

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