- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Richard Matt, a convicted murderer still on loose after breaking out of a New York prison 10 days ago with fellow killer David Sweat, is also apparently a skilled painter.

Matt painted portraits of high-profile celebrities and politicians, like Hillary Clinton, Martin Luther King Jr. and Angelina Jolie. A portrait he painted of President Obama depicts him alongside King, CNY Central reported.

Matt, 48, who made his escape on June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, has been sending his art to John Mulligan, an ex-convict he did time with in 2007 after Mulligan was convicted for a bank robbery.

“I’m sure for people who don’t know [Matt, the artwork is] exceptionally disturbing, but this is a piece of his life,” Mulligan told CNY Central.

“He’s definitely talented, and his life is wasted because I don’t think he’ll ever be released, especially not now,” he said. “Wasted talent is the worst. What he could have become if he didn’t take the route that he did.”

Matt was serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death in 1997.

“There’s some humanity in him,” Mulligan said. “There’s a dark side. Sure, there’s a dark side. That’s what the public is portraying. But there’s also a very human side to Richard Matt.”

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