- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WARRINGTON, Fla. (AP) - A homeless man who panhandled for art supplies in the Florida Panhandle is getting back on his feet selling paintings.

Jon Masters used the $40 he collected to buy paints and a few cheap canvases. Now, he’s painting them as fast as he can, selling the dramatic landscapes for between $25 and $40. So far, he’s earned enough money to buy a sleeping bag and a few more art supplies.

Masters, 56, said he was recently jailed for trespassing because he had his dog in a public place. He said his dog is a service dog trained to help with his seizures, but she wasn’t wearing her service vest when they were busted.

The Pensacola News Journal (https://tinyurl.com/qzrhw98) reports the two had been living on Masters’ leaking sailboat. He said it sunk, along with his possessions while he was in jail.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, https://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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