Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s “Evolved Man of the Week” profile. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved person, famous and non-famous individual alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to Georgia native and artist Richard Hutchins.
The 62-year-old artist Richard Hutchins went from spending his nights sleeping on Skid Row to having his artwork displayed in art galleries in Beverly Hills and in celebrity’s and social media influencer’s homes worldwide. The highly sought-after artist’s dreams came true after one life-changing moment at a local Ralph’s grocery store.
Former Street Execs co-owner and music executive Charlie Rocket redirected his entire life mission to help makeover a million dreams come true with his Dream Machine Tour. He and his team traveled 100,000 miles across the country. They helped facilitate the magic of hope and dreams in every community they visited.
Charlie and the Dreamr team met Hutchins at a Los Angeles Ralph’s, and his life has been changed tremendously since then. He remembers it as his second chance to pursue his wildest dreams.
Charlie and his colleagues devised a plan to help Hutchins sell his art and inspire people through his work. Rocket started by selling some of Hutchins paintings online, setting up a website for him, and encouraging people to buy to help get Hutchins off the street. After kicking off the site launch, by the end of the day, Hutchins had made more than $50,000.
The results were staggering, with $50,000 worth of original prints, canvasses, and commissions sold in the first 24 hours, doubling to $100,000 just a few days later. Once again, Charlie was there to capture all of the action on his Instagram.
Charlie and co had an opportunity to see Hutchins’ work displayed at the Cool HeART Gallery in Beverly Hills alongside two other prominent artists Ruben Rojas and Richard Orlinski. They arrived as the party began while Montel Jordan’s “This Is How I Do It” played in the background. Hutchins greeted each eager fan of his work that night and posed for many photos. The room was filled with the most organic loving, and warm energy.
Hutchins pieces have garnered attention from countless celebrities like Will Smith, 2 Chainz, and Steve Harvey. Most recently, Oprah Winfrey surprised Hutchins during his Entertainment Tonight interview and purchased one of his pieces.
There was an overwhelming amount of love at the art show entitled LOVE & DREAMS: One Night to Change A Life, which featured a special red-carpet show, especially for Richard. Each sale that night contributed to him getting off the streets and in the Hollywood Hills, where Charlie met him nearly a month later to chat about how much his life has changed at Charlie Rocket and the Dreamr team’s headquarters called the Dreamr House.
Here is Richard’s in his own words about a second chance and the world recognizing his talents:
This is what I had to really catch on to when Entertainment Tonight came and did an interview with us. Ms. Winfrey – the richest woman in the world. I’m still trying to grab that to know that my work is being looked at by literally the world…You know she didn’t have to do that. The young lady doing the interview set us up good. Great interview too. She said I have someone who wants to meet you. She’s a fan like the rest of the world is. One of the most amazing things that have ever happened in my entire life.