Art in Prison: “I cannot imagine how I would have coped without my art.”

a stark reminder to me of the freedom I have to paint in the light, thanks

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Julio Cesar Osorio completed a degree in photography and digital imaging in 2000, but it was at age 42, whilst serving a two and a half year prison sentence, that he began to paint.  Art became a means of coping with prison life and Julio now promotes the positive effects of art alongside others he has met via the Educational Prison Alumni Trust, inspiring other prisoners to follow the same path.  You can see from this series of collaborative articles what a creative and resourceful individual Julio is, and also how, despite limited, cramped circumstances, a dedicated, resilient person can find a means to creating great art.

Originally Julio and I intended to collaborate on a single article, but I find his words so compelling that I was reluctant to edit them down, so the story will instead be told in a series of fragments. Here, we focus on light.

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