The Willis Family

Wednesday 6th March – Sunday 5th May

Stable Arts is delighted to curate this exhibition of work by The Willis Family – father, Richard, and his daughters, Lucy and Tilly – a trio of well established, talented artists living and working in Somerset.

Richard Willis

Dick was born in 1924 and was self-educated at Harrow School. He had two oil paintings hung in the RA Summer Exhibition in 1941, the youngest exhibitor at the time. During the war he served as an officer in Combined Operations, landing American tanks on Utah Beach on D-Day and he lately received the Legion d’Honneur in recognition for his service.

His late wife Diana, daughter of renowned cartoonist HM Bateman, was at Reading University where they met whilst both studying art. They married in 1948 and went on to have four  children, their two daughters, Lucy and Tilly also becoming artists.

Throughout his long career Dick has experimented with many artistic genres, producing abstract paintings and sculptures during the 60’s and 70’s, trompe l’oeil murals, Dutch style flower paintings, romantic landscapes and pictures of Venice. However, his naval memories and extensive knowledge of ships and battles have provided a constant source of subject matter for his masterful paintings of the sea.

A prolific artist, he has exhibited widely and has work in many private and public collections. His pictures are regularly used in publications internationally.

Dick and his family have lived for many years near Wellington and he now resides at Nynehead Court where he now has his studio.

Lucy Willis RWA

Lucy is a painter and printmaker based in Somerset. She exhibits regularly in London and the regions with over 20 solo exhibitions in London since 1980.

She won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in 1992 and was elected as an academician at the Royal West of England Academy in 1993.

She has travelled all over the world to paint, and has written four books on painting technique, the latest two being ‘Travels with Watercolour’ and ‘Sunlight & Shadows in Watercolour’ both published by Batsford.

Tilly Willis

The youngest of Dick’s children, Tilly has worked as a professional artist since leaving art school in the 1980’s. She lives and works in Somerset, painting landscapes, still life and portraits, often to commission.

In 2014 she participated in the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year. She is particularly known for he paintings of Africa, where she has strong connections, and her colouful images are published widely in many forms.

Tilly exhibits her work every September at her home in Bathealton near Wiveliscombe.


You are welcome to  Meet the Artists on Sunday March 10th 2.30pm – 5.00pm  in The Orangery at Nynehead Court.