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Oct 8, 2018 9:46 PM 6+ mon ago

He taught himself to draw in prison. Now hes winning over art world...

By 15, he was living on his own, supporting himself by dealing drugs. That seemed normal, too.

"You don't really be realizing that you're committing a crime. And running from the police, going to jail, it's all part of the game," he said. "Once I went to [state] prison, I realized there was something wrong here. How do I keep getting locked up? I've got to do something different."

After a series of short jail terms, Craig was incarcerated on felony drug charges at Graterford state prison, a maximum-security institution in Montgomery County.

In his five years there, he never saw a single visitor. There was no one to put money on his commissary account. What he did have, though, was an indigent's kit -- with deodorant, toothpaste, and a ballpoint pen that he used to scratch out his first drawings.

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