Crystal Springs, MS
Willis lived in Copiah county Mississippi, not far from Mary
T. Smith. He spent three years in Europe during WW II. He had
been making art since childhood. He is best known as one of
the artists featured in the landmark Black Folk Art in America
1930-1980 show at the Corcoran in 1983."I draw from life
to emphasize it, to speak through a picture what actually can't
be brought into words."