A few months ago, we received one of the most stunning pieces of art we have ever gotten from a prisoner. Even more incredible is the fact that Mike never picked up a paintbrush until he was sentenced to prison in 2012. Here is his story in his own words:

I came to prison in 2012. Although the devastation I have brought to my family is the worst consequence of prison, this is a very bad place to be. This is further amplified if you have too much time on your hands.


I always believed in God but never took the time to find out who Jesus really is and study the words of the Bible. I got a Bible and began to learn God’s truth one verse at a time. Not long after my Bible studies began, I felt inspire to pick up a paint brush for the first time.


I knew nothing about painting but was starving for color and scenery beyond the walls of this place. I began to study and practice painting one stroke at a time. After three years of diligent Bible studies and countless hours and tubes of paint, I will soon be able to go home with the skills I need to enjoy my newfound loves that were in me the whole time – God and painting. Bible and brush.


Thanks to God and the unconditional love and support of my mom and dad, I look forward to rebuilding my life one day at a time.

Mike K. is a prisoner in Wisconsin and is a Crossroads student currently enrolled in Great Truths of the Bible.

Learn more about the Crossroads Prison Art Project.