Awakening Prison Art

AWAKENING  PRISON  ART

is an opportunity to own original, visionary artwork by an incarcerated spiritual aspirant while helping him afford the basics of a dignified life.
 

DAISHI 

is an American military veteran who served honorably in Vietnam and had a distinguished career as a photojournalist. Now serving a life sentence in a Southern prison, he is a practicing Buddhist deeply dedicated to spiritual study and meditative practice, as well as raising rescue dogs for an outside organization and serving his inmate veterans' group. I have corresponded with Daishi for over 13 years. His letters reveal an acute intelligence and a sometimes heartbreaking sensitivity to beauty and human kindness. They tell of his grief over the death of his beloved sister, squalid living conditions in sweltering cells, and, always, his determination to find goodness and peace. 

Like many prisoners, especially those without families, Daishi is indigent. He has no money for necessities like toothpaste, antiperspirant, skin lotion, stamps and envelopes, tea bags, and batteries for his radio, or for art supplies to replace the ones that guards arbitrarily confiscate. I have encouraged him to send me his work, which I make available to the outside world. His media include very finely-detailed drawing with colored pencils, improvised tints on scraps of salvaged fabric, and ethereal paintings made by picking up colors from photographs in National Geographic magazines with a finger dipped in sunscreen. 

DAISHI'S  WORK 

evokes new, freer worlds conjured from within his own constricted world. Many are of imagined birds and other species — their eyes are particularly striking, gazing from their world into ours with determination, skepticism, joy, or apprehension. Other topics include loving portraits of dogs, "Sacred Spaces," abstracted Vietnam reminiscences, the colossal heads of the ancient Mesoamerican Olmec civilization, close-ups of found objects, and portraits of characters from other galaxies and dimensions, where the epic Floro Wars take place.

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The scans below don't fully convey the delicacy of Daishi's line and his nuanced use of shade and color. Sizes are approximate. Most images are on somewhat larger acid-free paper, usually with rough scallped edges: Daishi is not allowed to have scissors, so he has to cut his paper to size with his thumbnail.  

One hundered percent of proceeds go to the artist. Pay what you feel to pay. It's completely up to you.  
 

UPDATE AUGUST 2018  

Daishi is now facing two medical emergencies: he has broken his drawing thumb and has been diagnosed with invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the cheek. Despite his indigency, he is required to make copayments for his medical procedures. Now is a better time than ever to support his work. 

 

Thank you,
Dean

Advance Fighter: Dimension 6
3 x 4"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Advance Scout — Capt. Regba
3.2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Aftermath on the Semoud Desert ...
4.5 x 3.5"
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Akfak Tribal Warrior ...
5 x 3.5"
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Aldice/Family A-22 ...
3 x 3.5"
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Alice: Colony Six
3 x 2.5"
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Alpha #1
3 x 2"
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Alpha Americans — Genesis Project — The Olmecs #1 & 3
Set of 3, approx. 3.2 x 2.5" each
Tint & colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Appealing
3 x 2"
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Arboreal Wip-Wip
2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Bad Moon Rising
3.5 x 2.2"

Tint on acid-free paper

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Bahga Omhasum: Holy Man — Floro/D-6
3 x 3.5"
Tint on salvaged fabric and acid-free paper
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Between Hope and Hell ...
3.5 x 2.5"
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Big Bang
4 x 4"
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Building of the Pyramid
4 x 4"
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Calixza Illusiva
2.2 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Captain Jacqua Krowmann — Propaganda Command ...
5 x 3"
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Captain Pacodach
5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Captain Zinghar Rinslup ...
5 x 3.5"
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Chachi — Third Lord Guardian
6 x 4"
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Chaos Awakens and Is Loosed Upon the World ...
4 x 4"
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Cleptar Valdon — Elimination Specialist
3 x 3"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Close
5 x 2.5"
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The Complex Mind of Franz Kafka Contemplates Another Prague Winter, and Thoughts of Maori Life
5.5 x 4.5"
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Condux Maximus
2.2 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Coyolxauhqui
4.5 x 4"
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Customs Specialist Sarma
2.3 x 2.4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Czecmara #1: View from Within Kafka's Garden
3 x 2.3"
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Czecmara #2: View from Kafka's Window ... The Day the Germans Came
3.2 x 2.5"
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D-6 Portal
6 x 4"
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Dance Uninhibited
3 x 2.5"
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Dawn
3 x 2"
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Dr. Jarz Mahndowny — Field Surgeon, Floro Wars
2.5 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Dr. Millerman — Fleet
5 x 4.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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D–6/7517.17.23: This Morning I Witnessed . . .
3 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Emergence
5 x 4"
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Endanged Oak Beetle Sucker
3.2 x 2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Enslaught Dimitnor — Floro
4.5 x 3.5"
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Eve: Colony 16 / First Born
3 x 2.5"
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Evomagma
4 x 3"
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Face Before Time
3.3 x 4.5
Colored pencil (?) on acid-free paper
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Face to Face
3 x 2"
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Faded Memory of a Lost Love
3 x 2"
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Fallen Treasure
3 x 2.5"
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Fast Car
4 x 3"
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Field Sketch: Bonnie
2.5 x 5"
Ink on acid-free paper
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Field Sketch: Boomer
3.5 x 2.5"
Ink on acid-free paper
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Field Sketch: Illusive Condormax
3.5 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Field Sketch: Seemorian Scout
3.5 x 6"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Field Sketch: Sly
2.5 x 4"
Ink on acid-free paper
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Field Sketch: Tao of the Hound
2.5 x 4"
Ink on acid-free paper
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Field Study / Brazilian Rainforest
6 x 4"
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Field Study / Old Red
5 x 4"
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Field Study: Merchoidal Doiphal
2 x 2"
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Fish from Hell
3 x 2.5"
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Floro Forbidden Zone ...
6.5 x 3"
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Forgotten Journies
3 x 3"
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Friday Night
5 x 2.5"
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A Friend Remembered
4 x 3"
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Friendo
5 x 3"
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Gabron Gate / Dimension Six
3.2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil and tint (?) on acid-free paper
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Georgia on My Mind
4 x 3"
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Ghost Queen Cameo
4 x 1.5"
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Ground Zero
5.5 x 3"
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Guardian of the Secret
4 x 3.5"
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An Harmonic Dreamscape After Sunday Dinner
4.5 x 3.5"
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Henge #1
3 x 2"
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Hobnil of the East Pillar
3 x 2"
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Home
4 x 3"
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Hot! Hot! Hot!
4 x 3"
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Hotak Mumblus
3 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Illusive Floro Spartanicus
3.7 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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In Plain Sight
4.5 x 3"
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In the Storm's Path
3.5 x 3"
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Indigo Castaways: Hint of Paris
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Indigo Outcasts / The Last Samari
3 x 3"
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Indigo Outcasts / The Moment
3 x 2.5"
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Infinity
4.5 x 3.5"
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The Initiates
2.5 x 2.5"
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Insight
2.7 x 2"
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Isis Severs Nimrod's Head
5.7 x 3.5"
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It's Just a Cookie
2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Kafka's Kitty, Greta
3.2 x 2"
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Keeper of Secrets
3 x 2.5"
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The Last Apple
2.5 x 3.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Last Glance
2.7 x 2"
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A Little Love
2.7 x 2"
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Lives Beneath Teddy's Bed
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Looking Out
4.5 x 2.2
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Loss
3.5 x 2.5"
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Lt. General Skitterning — Intelligence
2.5 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Lt. Souk De — Recon — Floro Wars
2.5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Lunch . . .
2 x 4"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Major Saceem ...
5.5 x 2.2"
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Major Zekhat / Floro Grand Council
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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March
5.2 x 3.2"
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Mask of an Honest Man
3.2 x 2.2"
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Messenger
2.5 x 2.2"
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Mother Ship
3 x 2"
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Navigator Danyell — Wee Fleet
3 x 5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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A New Beginning
2.7 x 2.7"
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No Looking Back
3.2 x 1"
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On Deck
5 x 3"
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On High
4 x 2.2"
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On Point
2.5 x 2"
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Opposition Forces: First Generation Battlebot
4.7 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Origin — The Making of Man
5 x 3"
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Outcasts / Toby #3
1.5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Parting of the Curtain
4.2 x 3.2"
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The Path to Echo Valley
5.2 x 3.5"
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The Place Where the Walls of This World of Ours Wears the Thinnest ...
4.5 x 3.7"
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Preliminary Drawing: Watchers
2.5 x 2"
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Preliminary Sketch: The Whisper Tree — Hurricane Irma Artifact
6 x 3.5"
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Preparation
4 x 3"
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Princess Akna
2.3 x 1.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Prisoner #105867 / Winter
6 x 4.2"
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Profmahn Zander
2.7 x 2.2"
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Psychic Window #2: Spirit Lake
2.7 x 2"
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Pulse Storm Approaching — Tzu Lasung Desert / Floro D6–17
5 x 2.2"
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Queen Tomara, of the Little People, Awaits Her Final Curtain
5 x 2.5"
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Rahu Appears
4.2 x 3"
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Random Thoughts
6 x 4"
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The Rapture: Acention
3.7 x 3.5"
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Reaching Out
2 x 2"
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Red Bell Harvest
3 x 2.5"
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Red Room
3 x 2.5"
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Reflect / 16 Scout Ship / Floro Mountain Cave
3.5 x 1"
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Sacred Places / First Snow / Wilson Hollow
3.5 x 2.2"
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Sacred Places: Ancestor Tree
3.5 x 1.5"
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Sacred Places: Beckwith's Ridge — Late December
6 x 2.5"
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Sacred Places: Chavin Highlands, Floro / Year D18–26
2.7 x 1.5"
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Sacred Places: East of LA
5 x 3.5"
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Sacred Places: Snowstorm / Vincent's Wash
5.5 x 3"
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Sacred Places: The Right Path
3.5 x 2.5"
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Saigon Matrix
3 x 1.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Sara's Last Day at the Beach ...
3.5 x 2.2"
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Savage Beautt
5 x 3"
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Saving Face
2.5 x 1.2"
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Seeing Is Believing
5 x 4"
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Seeker
2.2 x 1.5"
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Sgt. Levy O'Haj — Recon and Recovery ...
4 x 2.5"
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Silent Voice
6.7 x 3.7"
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Six-Part Harmony
5 x 3"
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Souhtlat Pomnex — Floro Rainforest
3 x 2.5"
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Spirit Guide to Mountain of the Moon
4.2 x 3.5"
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Spring — Cade's Cove
4.2 x 3.2"
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Supreme Dulex
2.0 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Suspended Animation
5.7 x 3"
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Suzanne with a "Z"
2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Sweet Memory
5.2 x 2.7"
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Taking a Shot at Peace
4 x 3.5"
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Tashinandis Perfecta Blossom — Tzu Desert ...
5.5 x 4.5"
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Through Kafka's Bedroom Window ... The Approaching Storm
3.5 x 2"
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Time and Again
4 x 3.5"
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Too Much
2.5 x 4.5"
Water color and ink on acid-free paper
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Toys in the Attic — Little Alice
4 x 2.7"
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Toys in the Attic — Little Alice #2
5 x 3.5"
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Tribal Memory
3.7 x 4"
Ink and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Under Cover
4 x 3"
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Unexpected Visitation
3 x 2.5"
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Upriver
5.5 x 2"
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Valdor Doxis
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Waldo
3 x 2.7"
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Wavelength
3 x 2.5"
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Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot ...
3 x 2.5"
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The Whisper Tree / Once Upon a Dream
4.5 x 3"
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Wind Song Hill
2.3 x 2.3"
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Within the Shallows
3.5 x 2.2"
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Witness
3 x 2"
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Wool Gatherint
5 x 3.5"
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The Writing on the Wall
3.5 x 3"
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X3Y2 / Terminator Prime
3.5 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Xebo ...
2.5 x 2.5"
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Zen Master Timon Lepidus
3 x 2.5"
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Zerch Montaxica — Floro Desert
2.2 x 1.3"
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