A self-confessed career criminal from Leeds who taught himself to paint while serving one of numerous prison sentences for drugs offences is now a full time artist whose work has featured in exhibitions across the UK.

Kevin Devonport, who grew up in Swarcliffe and Seacroft, left school with no qualifications and got his first criminal conviction for shoplifting, aged 15.

Kevin, 49, joined the army aged 17 but started using cannabis and ecstasy and moved on to taking heroin after leaving the forces aged around 21.
He said he started dealing heroin to fund his £100-a-day habit and was jailed for four years in 1996 for possessing heroin with intent to supply.

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