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On Sept. 16, 2020, the artist W.B. Livingston’s friend David Fleenor appeared before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board for commutation consideration, but he faced a retrial and was re-sentenced to life without parole. W.B. wanted to paint a poster of the hopelessness that David experienced in that moment. The artwork was submitted to PJP by David with the permission of W.B.’s family.

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W.B. Livingston

W.B. Livingston is an artist who takes his inspiration from music. “I have been completely consumed with music my entire life. I have gone through so many years of my life where the only thing I wanted to do was sit in a room, drink whiskey, listen to records and cry,” he wrote. “And, as the nights would wear on, I would always end up painting.” He loves working with art supplies, but he finds them unnecessary. He draws in the dirt, smears toothpaste on cardboard, makes paint out of instant coffee and bribes the paint crews for whatever he can get. He is currently incarcerated in Oklahoma. Instagram: @prisonart6.