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Arias has side job in jail: making and selling art

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Her trial has captivated a nation. Jodi Arias is accused in the murder of her motivational speaker boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

The trial finally got underway earlier this month -- but Arias has been behind bars for more than three years. That's a lot of time to be locked up.

We're getting a look at what she's been doing behind bars while waiting for her trial to begin.

While some would go crazy, confined to a jail cell for that long, Arias has been keeping busy creating pieces of artwork that are now up for sale.

An eBay account lists artwork that the seller claims was sketched by Jodi Arias, and FOX 10 has learned Arias is indeed the artist behind them. The person selling her art is her brother, we're told.

His "seller name" is 0817soldierofchrist, and he's already sold 8 pieces of his sister Jodi Arias' artwork on eBay.

Many sold for $100 dollars -- a couple sold for about $200.

The titles and subject matter vary -- one of a baby's hands and feet -- several others are sketches of women.

Most were sold after the trial started, but there are still a couple of drawings left for bidding, and they're pretty expensive.

The titles "Grace Kelly" and Pisces #2 are both priced at $1,000.

Arias' brother describes her as a talented artist. He says all profits go toward covering the family's travel expenses to the trial, as well as money so Arias can eat "better food" than what they serve in jail.

Back in 2010, Arias' singing skills were highlighted after she won the inmate idol contest held at the jail.

The prize in that competition was a holiday dinner.

So far her drawing skills have raked in more than $1,000.

Also in those eBay postings, Arias' brother asks everyone to pray for theirs as well as Alexander's family.

We reached out to him but we did not get a response.

By the way, in the last hour or so, the price of the remaining artwork increased. At last check they were $1,900 apiece.

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