Fatima Willis (deceased):True daughter of Washington DC
One of the most unusual and creative artists I have had the pleasure of knowing was the late Fatima Willis, a divorced mother of 3 children and one of five talented sisters. one of whom is well-known Washington DC designer and artist, Cindy Williams. She was a true daughter of Washington DC. I first met Fatima while she worked as a school security officer in Washington Public schools in Washington DC. What caught my eye was, not her uniform, but the array of drawings and paintings displayed on her desk. Fatima (Tima as she was familiarly called) was “the beautifier” of any empty space that could use some sprucing up.
All she needed were some highlighters, some paper and a few minutes and she could create lasting masterpieces to beautify any area. Her artwork was most unusual and distinctive. She was the only artist I have met to use a highlighter as a medium of art. She mixed materials like no-one else. Some of the artworks she produced appeared to be creations of her own genre. She perfected a method of decor, highlighted below, that was widely cherished by her followers. She was so consumed by art that she could be found most times drawing or creating something.
A long-time resident of the District, Fatima’s art was influenced by her joy of growing up in during its earlier times. She never had any interest in personal or communal strife. That she dismissed as “nonsense”. She had a passion for helping people, hence her penchant for beautifying open spaces.She loved public parks and the animals that populate them and took pleasure in providing food for them during the cold winters of the region. Fatima was well-known and loved by residents of Washington DC.; she greeted everyone with a genuine, heartfelt smile. She was a frequent presence at art shows in the area and traveled fearlessly throughout the city. Sadly, Fatima passed away in January 2016, one of the saddest days her friends and relatives may ever remember. I have lasting memories of knowing her as a close friend and one of the most remarkable human beings I will ever remember. Fatima is survived by her mother, her 4 sisters, her 3 kids and 5 grandkids.
REST IN PEACE, FATIMA.
HELP US KEEP FATIMA’S MEMORY AS AN ARTIST ALIVE BY SENDING US CLEAR PICTURES OF ANY OF HER ARTWORK YOU MAY HAVE IN YOUR POSSESSION. THAT WILL HELP US TO FULLY PORTRAY THE FULL EXTENT OF HER TALENT.
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