"...THE FIRE...IS ALCHEMICAL, MAGICALLY REINFORCING A MISTRUST OF THE ART MARKET WHILE DESPERATELY INSPIRING THE NEED TO BUY A PAINTING. PACKING QUITE THE ROAR INTO SUCH A QUIET LITTLE SHOW, WILLIS IS AN ARTIST TO WATCH."
Danielle Kelley, Las Vegas Weekly.
I arrived to art as a renderer, with an emphasis on materials. In my series titled Burnings (2009-2014), I used an open flame to draw images of everyday objects. My process involved masking canvas with tape, burning the exposed gesso surface with fire, and allowing the smoke and heat to darken and collect. The result was a display of sepia-toned commodities, spectacular in their pattern, yet restrained by their medium and form.
With a preference for rationality and illusion (as mechanisms of control), along with a preoccupation for the material, my subject-matter is derived from the objects and concepts of my surroundings.