After receiving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit, Richard Phillips has become the longest serving exonerated inmate in American history.
Richard was convicted of first degree murder & conspiracy which carried a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Later to discover, 38 years later, a man named Richard Polombo, also accused, admitted the truth. He admitted to lying, for he never knew, never planned a murder with and never even met Phillips!
After being convicted at the age of 26, the now 71 year old is making name for himself beyond the prison walls. During his incarceration, Phillips turned to art as an escape where he found his passion. He started his budding career by selling handmade greeting cards to other inmates to accumulate just enough to purchase paint supplies.
During Phillips sentence, he created over 400 watercolor paintings that are now worth well over thousands of dollars. Through his art he created symbols of hope and survival; he conveyed his dark times while others embodied light and life. Each piece exposed passion and life that resonates with his audience.
Phillips attorney, Gabi Silver stated of his paintings: “To suffer what he has suffered, to still be able to find good in people and to still be able to see the beauty in life—it’s remarkable.”
If you would like to contribute to or purchase an original painting from Richard Phillips, be sure to visit his site Richard Phillips Gallery for more stunning creations.