by Richard Amos
Art is a way to free the mind, to explore beyond the everyday, to go different places in one’s imagination. For artist Richard Amos, that was especially true, as he learned to paint while incarcerated in Stillwater after an aggravated robbery conviction in 1989. He carried those art skills with him long after his release, working as an artist for decades and offering art classes for at-risk youth. He’s particularly known for his paintings of African masks, which is what you’ll see in this 49-by-20-inch oil painting: six faces in vibrant colors that evoke the cultural richness of Africa.