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Shawn Souva

"Reflections" - Shawn Souva

Regular price $150.00 USD
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Currently incarcerated in Colorado

"I may not be the most talented artist you will ever see, but by supporting my artwork you are also supporting the positive changes in me and my passion for giving back to the world. "

⚖ Description

The artist is currently incarcerated in Colorado. He specializes in realistic pastels portraits.

All original artworks are created by artists previously or currently incarcerated. They use whichever materials they have access to, and prove creative ingenuity beyond the norm. These original paintings and drawings are born in the heart of a prison cell, from the hands of an outsider artist to adorn the walls of your space. Each art piece is a one-of-a-kind that not only enhances your interior but also makes you actively participate in reforming the prison and criminal justice system.

The incarcerated artist receives 50% of the sales proceeds. The artists set their own prices based on the costs of materials (it can vary greatly from one facility to another), the time spent on the piece, their experience, and simply - what they think it’s worth. Alongside with offering a financial outlet, we aim to empower their confidence and reinstitute their status as human beings - not a number behind bars. For most, art is an escape, a path to self-discovery and healing. Through art, they can reconnect with society so the gap is not so unbridgeable when they get out. Through the sales, they can stay connected with their families, afford daily commissary items, pay societal debts, relieve the economic burden on their loved ones, and save up for the release date. So they have the financial means to get ahead of reinsertion and get a fair chance at that second chance.

✎ Product Details

14" x 11" | Wolff's carbon pencils & Prisma colored pencil on mi -teintes grey-toned pastel paper

✑ Artist's bio

The expression of a face; a twinkle in the eyes; and the wrinkles of time…all play a part in telling the story of who we are and where we’ve come from. As a portrait artist, I strive to make the special connection and share with the rest of the world a story that cannot be put into words. My story…is a story of redemption, determination, and personal growth. I began training rescue dogs while incarcerated and it has forever changed who I am and the trajectory of my life. The ability to help dogs find a new home and lead a successful second chance at life resonates with me personally and gives my life a renewed sense of purpose. Life is now about how I can give of myself to help those around me. Although not blessed with any specific artist abilities, my journey as an artist began with the intense desire for self-improvement and change. I may not be the most talented artist you will ever see, but by supporting my artwork you are also supporting the positive changes in me and my passion for giving back to the world. Some stories are written on the surface, while others remain hidden for below awaiting for the right person to share their story with the world.  .

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