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This beautiful portrait (it makes me smile every time I look at it. So joyous; full of life, beauty and nature) was created by artist Robert Lopez who is currently incarcerated at the Calipatria State Prison in California.   

The original drawing measures 9”x12” and was created using black pen on Bristol paper.

The artist specifically requested that the monies raised from the sale of this piece of art go directly to benefit the Betty Jo McNeece Shelter Home in El Centro, California.  And, that’s exactly what it did!  This is just another among many ways that incarcerated artists are giving back to their communities …through their art!

The Betty Jo McNeece Shelter is responsible for a number of Group homes which serve as residential care homes that assist many types of people. This includes those with drug and alcohol problems who need residential assistance. Group homes also assist other abused or neglected youths, developmentally disabled, those with chronic mental issues, youths with criminal histories, etc.


Leslie Lakes, Director