A story by Raymond from 2021
Art is a form of hope and freedom. It reflects my love of nature and the outdoors. When I paint, it takes me back to when life was good, it makes me think of all of the good times that I had hunting in Maine with my grandfather who I looked up to and loved with all my heart.
Some of my favorite memories are of deer hunting with my loving uncle. Deer hunting was, and still is, a big part of my family. My uncle has a hunting camp and going there has always been a big event. I spent many hours painting the hunting camp on a kitchen shirt (which is what the inmates who work in the kitchen wear)— it is a great material if you don’t have access to canvas.
Painting helps me express myself— it is only then that I am able to escape from this place [maine state prison] mentally, even if it is only for a little while. Painting helps me hope that I will make it home for future hunting with my uncle, son, and grandchildren. For me… "Art is Hope and Freedom!"
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