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A pair of miniature acrylic paintings showing views from a prison cell
Miniature paintings by Jessie Milo

These two miniature paintings were created on two-inch-by-two-inch canvases with acrylic paint covered in a medium polymer clear coat. I have the paint because I asked the warden to allow us to have a handicraft program and he said yes. The entire prison is now able to order art supplies from Dick Blick Art Materials. 

The purple and blue painting depicts the housing unit, with cells inside that are set up in a big U-shape. 

The gray painting shows a view out the back of a cell where you can see the windows of cells in another building. In the fog, you can’t see the light poles, just the lights. Some days the fog doesn’t leave. They call it tule fog after the tule grass wetlands of the California Central Valley.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Jessie Milo is a writer, artist and poet incarcerated in California. He is a volunteer for and an advocate for mental health.