My name is Fernando, an all-around artist. My life is not perfect, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. In my weakness I am made strong. I am growing up, hard, but still growing . Growing up in the early 70’s in Waipahu, HI was amazing! My earliest artistic imaginations began there. Although I don’t feel it, I am the youngest of five. I won my first art contest in the 2nd grade. Twenty dollars was the 1st place prize. I was so ecstatic when I found out I had won. From that point on, anything art I wanted to learn and accomplish. I was growing up.
In 1977, my father suffered a massive stroke that left him paralyzed on his left side and barely able to speak. Father was never the same. By this time, my artistic expression was limited to the school classrooms. In 1984, I obtained a scholastic art gold key award for a sculpture I created. I was sure I was on my way to an art scholarship, somewhere. I was growing up.
In 1987, my life came to an abrupt and shocking halt. I was charged with murder in the 2nd degree, unlawful sue and carrying of a firearm, and five counts reckless endangering in the 1st degree. It was a drug deal gone bad. I was 17 years old. A week after my arrest, my father passed away.
My passion for art has grown since my incarceration. In 2007, I was granted parole. I was 37 years old. After a year on parole, my addiction to meth haunted me once again. Between 2010-2019 I have had problems with my addiction. My hearing for parole consideration is scheduled again this year. To God be all glory.
Fernando 4063 - Hibiscus [Poster 12 x 16]
Thank you for purchasing and supporting our CARE Project artists. The purpose of the CARE Project is to help these talented artists market and sell their artwork so they can earn money for their transition back to their communities.
When you purchase an art piece, after printing and fulfillment expenses, we pay the artist 60% of the proceeds, and 40% goes to the WorkNet CARE project so we can assist artists with reentry support services.
We help our artists with services such as getting their ID documents, finding employment, housing, and other services they need for a successful transition.
Our artists come up with innovative ways of creating their art since they have limited access to art supplies. They may create their drawings on envelopes, and folders, or render their drawings on two pages. This is why you might see a line in the middle of their drawing.
When the prison allows us, we can provide them with colored pencils or pens so they can draw. What you see in their drawings is a resilient artistic expression that emerges regardless of adversity.
This is an unmatted poster print.