Color Fancy #1 by John Zenc

Color Fancy #1 by John Zenc

Medium: Marker on paper

Size: 9 in x 12 in

The back of this piece has many notes. Each note is signed.

Born Feb 3 -1957 

Honolulu Hawaii 

Right Thumb Print

11 hours to complete this. Boy oh boy am I tired.

In prison, I can travel any place I want. Close my eyes and I can be anywhere on Earth or the universe. See amazing things. I travel all the time. Seen things that no man has ever seen. I am glad I am me but very alone.

I don’t like this drawing. This was a total experimental drawing. If I had better materials to use it would of turned out much better. It turned out awful! But I still keep it 🙂 

I wish I had paints. I love to work with paints. But no paints 🙁 

I love bright colors.

At age 16, I hitchhiked across the USA a few times. Stayed in Buffalo a few weeks. Then walked to Canada across the international peace bridge on a rainy day. Wow. I was soaked. But seen Niagara Falls – WOW. Simply amazing. The awesome sound of the water falling. So beautiful. The people in Canada, so friendly. I met a lot of nice people in my travels. At age 15 I had already went around the world. Seen so much. I been in the US army under age at 15. Then again at 17. I loved the army.

Please forgive me but I began to get tired. So many of the dots are a bit sloppy 🙁 Sorry about this. So many dots. It gets hard on the eyes. 

Loneliness does effect me. They say there is someone for every person. But it seems nobody for me. Has God punished me for my crime. Will God ever come to see me or has he forgotten me?

Artist statement: I myself love to create art. I wanted to continue to create art in prison to show people I did not waste my time in here doing nothing or being up to no good – but rather I created odd and fun art to show that my time in here was not wasted. I create art to show society how important art is; how it is so vital to be able to express one’s self. Without art, the world would be a dull and boring place. In prison, art has even more meaning to prison artists – it is an escape into a world of wonder, a world of hope and love, a world of unknowns. Art lets me tell the world that I am sorry for my selfish actions 44 years ago. Art lets people know, we, I, am more than just a prison number, but a human being with human emotions, a person that should not be ignored and locked away forever. Art shows people who I am. Art shows how I forgive myself for what I did 44 years ago. You all may hate me for who I was, but please don’t hate me for who I have become. As John Lennon sang – “Give Peace a Chance.” Stop all the hate. Life’s too short. Show love and compassion to all – no matter who they are. Love can change the world.

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