Valentino Dixon finds peace in drawing golf courses
By mustang6560 on 6/25/12
GolfDigest published an interesting in-depth piece about Valentino Dixon in its July issue that is worth reading.

Valentino is not a professional golfer or a certified landscape architect. He is an inmate at Attica (New York) Correctional Facility and he is currently serving a life-sentence for murder he claims he did not commit. But, even though he's never stepped foot on the golf course, the 42-year-old has a talent for drawing golf courses.
The light in my cell isn't great for drawing, but I do have an outlet to plug in my Walkman. When I draw I listen to cassettes to block out the noise of the other prisoners, which can get relentless, even in honor block. I also work as a barber, do push-ups, run in place and read. One of my favorites is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl about his experiences in a concentration camp. You have to find meaning in your suffering, Frankl said. To that, I say I think God put me here to draw golf courses. Maybe one day I'll play.
It's amazing how someone who's never played a round of golf finds peace in drawing golf courses. One of the reasons I love playing golf is because there is an aura of peacefulness you can't find anywhere else. If Valentino is in fact innocent, I hope he gets the chance to play a round of golf in this life.

The story is long, but it's worth the read. If you subscribe to GolfDigest, you might have already seen the story. If you don't, you can read it by clicking the link below.

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[ comments ]
gpickin says:
I think you meant to say "I HOPE HE gets the change to play a round of golf in his life"

Amazing drawings.
6/25/12
 
falcon50driver says:
How much hope and change would it take?
6/26/12
 
TinaD says:
This artist is suffering but you all can help. My name is Valentina and I'm the daughter of the artist. Please take a look at our website: www.indiegogo.com/drawingforjustice
10/1/12
 
TinaD says:
By the way this is a great article thank you for your intrest in our art :)
10/1/12
 
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