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  • My memory of looking out at a gun tower while at United States Penitentiary Yazoo City in Mississippi.
  • Looking out the bars at FCI Big Spring at a vast west Texas landscape, and the irony of seeing what looks like a gun tower but is actually an unused airport tower.
  • A sketch of myself as I draw.

I consider myself a painter and use sketches to develop ideas for paintings. Yet sometimes the sketches are all I have.

These three sketches were done on cardboard, repurposed from box meal boxes. We received a lot of these kinds of meals in February during a three-week stretch during the massive winter storm that caused massive power outages. We had to use portable toilets and we had no running water.

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Brian Hindson is an artist whose favorite styles of work are impressionism and pop art. His work is published on the Justice Arts Coalition. Hindson is incarcerated in Texas.