Calvin Willis

It is an unusual day when Calvin Willis arrives at the art studio without a hat on. Each cap is an extension of his personal taste, and his train conductor’s hat reflects his love of trains. Many of Calvin’s illustrations and paintings also reflect his fascination with trains and all things transportation. Calvin lives vicariously through his drawings saying, “It’s almost like you’re on one.” Besides drawing trains, his figures are very striking and incorporate geometric designs. His graphite drawings are built up with many layers, and his erasing erodes the surface of the paper. This process creates ghost images in his illustrations. He always notices the little details when anything in his life changes, he is very observant and that translates to his artwork.

Exhibition History

2018

  • Open Door Collection – 1650 Watermark
  • Animal Kingdom – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Horizons – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

2017

  • Efflorescence – Franklin Park Conservatory Cardinal Health Gallery
  • German Village Meeting Haus – Columbus, OH
  • Open Door Collection – 1650 Watermark

2016

  • Alladin’s Exhibition – Alladin’s Eatery
  • America – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Are You Afraid of the Art? – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Complementary – Carnegie Gallery
  • Frame of Mind – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

2015

  • Are You Afraid of the Art?– Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Don’t Be Square – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • The Plot Thickens – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

2014

  • Are You Afraid of the Art? – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Big and Small Wonders – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Flora & Fauna – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Red Hot – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

2013

  • Are You Afraid of the Art? – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Home – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Small Wonders – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

2012

  • Are You Afraid of the Art? – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Pieces of Me – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
  • Outside/In – Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

 

Key Skills

Painting
Drawing

Mediums

Watercolor
Graphite