(1876 - 1960)
Joseph Roy (J.R.) Willis was active/lived in New Mexico / Mexico. Joseph Willis is known for tree landscape and Indian subject painting, photography.
Biography Joseph Willis
The following is from Scott L Peeler, Jr., Valrico, Florida. He
is the maternal grandson of the artist through his mother, Emily Willis
The artist, known as J.R., was born in Goloid Community
Screven County, Georgia, near Sylvania, on the 24th of November,
1876. He died December 30, 1960 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He married Tempie Easterling of Reidsville, Georgia in 1899. They
had a son and two daughters and were divorced. In 1916, he married Violet
Powell of Ontario, Canada.
Willis is best known for his Indian
photographs and paintings and Southwestern landscapes. During the
winters, he spent time in the Miami, Florida area where most of his
brothers, sister, and mother lived
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