William "Wiili" Armstrong, Jr
1956 - 2003
William Armstrong, Jr, better known as Wiili, was born in 1956 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. From the time he could hold a pencil Wiili was drawing and creating art. His parents fed into his love of art with painting classes at a young age and trips to other countries. Wiilie's father was an ornithologist and would take Wiili with him on birding trips to South and Central America. Wiili was an extremely intelligent individual with an IQ of 160. However, along with his high intelligence Wiili suffered from Biopolar Disorder and perhaps schizophrenia and agoraphobia. Due to his mental disorders Wiili had problems with drugs and alcohol and the only thing that kept him going during his dark times was painting. His unique style in reminiscent of Van Gogh and Gauguin. Will worked mostly in acrylic paints, and ink but he was also known for using whatever was around him.