By Colleen Curry
It’s a phrase more often associated with famed painters and artists than convicted murderers, but Jodi Arias’ art website has announced that they were releasing a “limited edition” print run of her latest jailhouse drawing, “Sailing at Sunset.”
“She’s able to have access to paper and purchase color pencils, and if she wants to release her property to someone outside, she can,” said Chris Hegstrom, spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that oversees Arias’s incarceration.
Arias was found guilty in May of stabbing and shooting to death her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander. The jury that convicted her could not agree whether Arias should receive the death penalty, and so Arias has not yet been sentenced. She remains in a women’s prison in Maricopa County, Ariz., where she is forbidden from using cell phones or computers.
Still, Arias has managed to Tweet and sell artwork online anyway, according to her websites. Attempts to contact the owners of JodiArias.com have not been returned. Arias’ friend Donavan Bering claimed she was running the Twitter account during the trial, but Bering could not be reached by ABC News today for comment.
In January, shortly after Arias’ murder trial began, her artwork appeared on eBay listed at prices of $300 to $400. It is unclear how much her current drawings cost. At that time, descriptions listed with the art noted that the profits would go to costs associated with the trial, including paying for Arias’ family to travel from their homes in California to Arizona for the five-month trial.
The current drawings listed on JodiArias.com are portraits of celebrities, women’s faces, and nature scenes.
“She’s not physically running a business from our jail,” Hegstrom said. “I can’t stop her from talking on the phone or releasing property.”
It is unclear where the money from profits ends up, though Hegstrom said people outside of the jail can put money in Arias’ commissary fund.
The Twitter account under Arias’ name recently sent a message saying Arias was bankrupt. She also tweeted that her parents and aunt and uncle were bankrupt, but deleted the latter messages from the account shortly thereafter.
Arias’s parents did not return calls from ABC News seeking comment.
Hergstrom warned that sheriff’s office officials cannot verify that the drawings are actually done by Arias.
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