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 self-transformation through spiritual study and meditative practice. He has devoted himself to raising rescue dogs through a cooperative program with an outside organization, as well as serving his inmate veterans' group. I have corresponded with Daishi for over a decade. 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, guards who may be cruel or corrupt, and, always, his determination to find goodness and peace.  

Like many prisoners, especially those who have lost their families, Daishi is indigent. He has no money to purchase such basic necessities as toothpaste, antiperspirant, skin lotion, stamps, envelopes, tea bags, and batteries for the radio that provides contact with the outside world. For some years, he could lose himself in doing artwork, until his artist's materials were arbitrarily confiscated by prison authorities. I encouraged him to start drawing again, even with a ballpoint pen, and offered to make his work available to patrons who could help him support himself honorably. He managed to obtain colored pencils and acid-free paper and resumed drawing. More recently, he has begun to branch out into watercolors and improvised media, including tints on salvaged scraps of fabric. 

DAISHI'S  WORK  evokes new, freer worlds conjured from within his own constricted world. He specializes in imagined bird species and other fanciful beings, rendered in finely worked pencil strokes of vivid color. Their eyes are often particularly striking, gazing from their own realms 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-up studies of objects such as a feather or a candy bar, and portraits of characters from other galaxies and dimensions, where the epic Floro Wars take place.

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT.  I've tried to make the scans below as accurate as possible, but they often don't fully convey the delicacy of Daishi's line and his nuanced use of shade and color. The dimensions listed are approximate image sizes, and sometimes I have to guess at the media used. Most images are on somewhat larger paper, usually with roughly scallped edges: Daishi is not allowed to have scissors, so he has to cut his paper to size with his thumbnail.  

More works are added to the site as I receive them, so check back often. One hundered percent of proceeds go to the artist. Pay what you feel to pay. It's completely up to you.  
 

► To purchase a work, please click here.

Thank you,
Dean

1961 Galaxy Station Wagon #2
4 x 2"
Ink and tint on acid-free pape
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Admiral Bull Finster — USS
4 x 6"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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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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After the Blast / Ensign Murtah
6 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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After the Blast #1
2.7 x 3.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Akna Forward Observor
2.3 x 2.4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Aleppo . . . The Face of War
5 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Alertus Magnificus
2.7 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Alpha Americans — Genesis Project — The Olmecs #1, 2, & 3
Set of 3, approx. 3.2 x 2.5" each
Tint & colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Animas One
2 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Approaching Perihelion
4.5 x 4.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Arboreal Melodious
3.5 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Arboreal Wip-Wip
2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil 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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Baldon Grapho: Hunter — Floro Seas
3 x 2.5"
Tint on salvaged fabric and acid-free paper
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Beauty in the Afterlife
3 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Before the Great Blizzard
3 x 3.5"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Before Time — Overseer
4.5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Breaking On Through to the Other Side
4.5 x 2.7"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Calixza Illusiva
2.2 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Captain Alco Higwing
5 x 8.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Captain Effin Warblow
3 x 6.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Captain Eyeman Hawk
5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Captain Krystal
4 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Captain Pacodach
5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Captain Rivas Shellman
3 x 6.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Carnavoraptor
2 x 3.7"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Cleptar Valdon — Elimination Specialist
3 x 3"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Coming Through: A Visitation from Beyond Time and Space
3 x 2.5"
Tint on salved fabric and acid-free paper
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Condux Maximus
2.2 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Conveyor of Dreams
3 x 5"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Council of Elders
2.5 x 3.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Customs Specialist Sarma
2.3 x 2.4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Dal Faumook — Zoldar Province
3 x 4.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Dance Eternal
2.8 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Dawn / #1
3 x 2"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Dawn / #2
2.5 x 2.5"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Defane Lostaxis
4.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Dictyl Tungus
3 x 6.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Discovering God for the First Time on the Field of Mortal Combat
3 x 4"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Dog Day Afternoon
3 x 3.5"
HD archival print — ink on acid-free paper (?)
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Dominicus Robuskus
5 x 4.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Down Below
2.3 x 3.3"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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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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Dream Visitor
2 x 2.7"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Dust in the Wind
2 x 3"
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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Efstrom Minkus
3 x 4.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Endanged Oak Beetle Sucker
3.2 x 2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Endangered Monk's Bird
4 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Enlightened Moment Field Sketh
2.7 x 3"
Colored pencil and tint (?) on acid-free paper
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Essence of Joy
3 x 3"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Evidence of Nocturnal Visitation
3 x 5"
Colored pencil and tint on acid-free paper
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Extinct Kinesiorhea
2.5 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Eyeman Rictor Six-One-Zero
2 x 2.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Face Before Time
3.3 x 4.5
Colored pencil (?) on acid-free paper
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Falco Gate / Dimension Six
2.7 x 2.7"
Colored pencil (?) on acid-free paper
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Falconus Robinicus
3.7 x 4.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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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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Forward Observor
3 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Forward Observor #1
2.7 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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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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Galaxy of the Mind — Harmony Sector
5.2 x 5.2"
Tint on acid-free paper
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General Cha Wa Wa / Planet K-9 Security
3.8 x 5.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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General Klawman . . .
3 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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General Zen — Party Central
3.7 x 4.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Ghost / Floro Highlands
2.5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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God of the Air
4 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Ground Zero
2 x 4.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Guardian of the Dark
4 x 5.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Guardian of the Royal Monolith — Floro Plain
2 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Here Is Buddha
2 x 2.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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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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Illusive Grippus
2.2 x 1.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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In the Beginning . . .
3 x 3"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Indigo Castaways / Stella
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Indigo Castaways / Toby #1
3 x 2.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Indigo Castaways: Hint of Paris
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Indigo Outcasts / Hazel
3.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Indigo Outcasts / Toby #2
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Into the Eye of God
3 x 4.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Involution
3 x 3"
Tint on acid-free paper
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It's Just a Cookie
2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Jeramiah
2 x 2.5"
Water color on acid-free paper
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Just Below the Surface
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Kiva Dweller
5 x 8.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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The Last Apple
2.5 x 3.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Life Still
3.2 x 3.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Lives Beneath Teddy's Bed
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Looking for Alice
1.7 x 2.5"
? on acid-free paper
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Looking Up
2.2 x 2.3"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Lt. Anka Dorsi
2.5 x 6"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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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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LZ / Hill 130 #1
2 x 1.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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LZ / Hill 130 #2
2 x 1.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Magic Moment
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Major Zekhat / Floro Grand Council
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Mary Alice-Zenga
2.2 x 1.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Meryalise Pat / Combatant Sisterhood of the Indigo Underworld — Seas of Floro
4.5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Mid-Day in April
2 x 2.3"
Water color (?) on acid-free paper
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A Moment Ago
3.5 x 2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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A Moment Between Space and Time
6 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Morning Recon — 1970
1.5 x 1.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Muse in the Looking Glass
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Native Inhabitant — Floro Plains
4 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Native Snipsock . . .
3.5 x 4.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Navigator Danyell — Wee Fleet
3 x 5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Newton's Orb
2.8 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Northern Perspective
2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Old Growth
3.5 x 4"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Only a Moment Ago . . .
3.3 x 3.3"
Pencil (?) on acid-free paper
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Opposition Forces: First Generation Battlebot
4.7 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Outcasts / Jethro
2.3 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Outcasts / Toby #3
1.5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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P-Tero Speciphicus
3.7 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Patriot Bird
3.7 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Phatmos Springloch
2.5 x 4.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Pheral Tagalong: Floro Plains
3 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Princess Akna
2.3 x 1.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Proto Zebex
2.3 x 2.4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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A Question of Balance
4 x 6"
Water color on acid-free paper
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Remember Me
2 x 5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Renée's Dogs
5 x 7"
Tint and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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The Revelation of Truth on the Last Moment
2.5 x 5.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Rock Hound Roo
3.5 x 3.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Roo
3.5 x 3.5"
HD Archival Print #2 Pencil
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Sacred Place: Chippewa Hill
2.5 x 2.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Sacred Places #1
3 x 4"
Ink and pencil on acid-free paper
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Sacred Places: Gateway
2.5 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Sacred Places: Sanger's Hogback
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Sacred Places: Singing Rock Canyon
2.7 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Sacred Places: Spencer's Ridge
2 x 2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Sacred Places: Two Sisters Butte
2 x 2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Saigon Matrix
3 x 1.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Saigon: Saturday Night / July 1970
4 x 4"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Sands of Mars
2.3 x 3"
Water color (?) on acid-free paper
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Satrapes Domestica
2.0 x 4.0"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Satrapes Troglodactyl — Extinct
3.2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Seeing Beyond Space and Time
2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Sgt. Fowlmuth — Customs / Incoming
2 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Shadows on the Wall
2 x 3.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Shadows on the Wall #2
3.5 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Shadows on the Wall #3
2 x 6"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Sky Over Podkamennaya Tunguska
2.8 x 2.8"
Tint on salvaged fabric and acid-free paper
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Snake Heron
2.2 x 1.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Sunny and Bright
4.5 x 5.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Supreme Dulex
2.0 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Suzanne with a "Z"
2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Too Much
2.5 x 4.5"
Water color and ink on acid-free paper
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Tribal Memory
3.7 x 4"
Ink and colored pencil on acid-free paper
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The Ultimate State of Inert Uniformity of Krystal Moon
4 x 5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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V/Stol
3 x 3"
Tint on acid-free paper
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Valdor Doxis
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Vision Six
2.2 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Why?
2 x 4.3"
Pencil on acid-free paper
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Wize One
4.5 x 7.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
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X3Y2 / Terminator Prime
3.5 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Yeti Observation
3.5 x 6"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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Zendorax Supremus
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
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