Sid Willis (New England, Contemporary)

Sidney F. Willis (Sid) was born in Bennington, New Hampshire, and attended the Vesper George School of Art. After graduating he began training with Robert Douglas Hunter. Being a graduate of both art school and the apprentice system, Sid builds his pictures with craftsmanship as well as artistic sensitivity.
He delights his viewers with luminous still lifes and impressionistic landscapes that exude strong design and beautiful color harmonies. While his paintings reflect solid academic values, they are also known to form unusual and interesting compositions. His subjects are often rare and distinctive antique toys, dolls, and figures as well as textiles, which are carefully chosen from throughout the New England countryside. These arrangements exhibit a truly unique elegance of design
and achieve an extreme sense of pure color rarely seen.

Spending most of his time outdoors, immersed in nature, Sid captures all the New England scenery in his landscapes. In addition to numerous one-man shows Sid has exhibited at the Ogunquit Art Center, as well as in the Council of American Artists exhibitions, Southern Vermont art show, and the Academic Artists show. Sid has received over 25 awards, including four Gold Medals at the Jordan Exhibition, (Boston), the Still Life Prize, Pastel Society of America, Still Life Prize, Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, Connecticut, Gold Medal and Best in Show, Guild of Boston Artists, and the Gold Medal, Heritage Salon Invitational. Alexandria, Virginia. Sid was also a professor at Franklin Pierce College, Sharon Art Center, New Hampshire,
and the Vesper George School of Art.