In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 photo, Richard Phillips stands next to some of his artwork during an interview at the Community Art Gallery in Ferndale. (Photo: Carlos Osorio/Associated PRess). Featured Image
“I didn’t actually think I’d ever be free again. This art is what I did to stay sane,” the 73-year-old said.
Phillips could be eligible for more than $2 million under a Michigan law that compensates the wrongly convicted, but the state so far is resisting and the matter is unsettled. So he’s displaying roughly 50 of his more than 400 watercolors at a Detroit-area gallery and is willing to sell them.
His paintings are precious to him, but he said he has no choice: He needs money.