Crockett speaks with the strong dialect unique to Tangier Island where
he was born and he paints with the strength of a life-long, intimate knowledge
of the Chesapeake Bay.
His paintings are recognized as among the most honest portrayals of the Chesapeake’s drama and beauty. Best known for his wildlife art, Willie transmits to his paintings an everfresh view of the Eastern Shore landscape, the wildfowl and the marsh.
An occasional, easy transition into colorful abstracts and flowers speaks for the versatility of the painter and the sensitivity of the man. While best known for his glowing watercolors, Crockett has been working more recently in oils and acrylics as well.
The artist makes his home in historic Onancock, Virginia where he welcomes guests to his studio and gallery. This area, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, offers the artist the inspirational scenery including landscapes, seascapes, waterfowl, boats and docks for which he is so well known.
Crockett’s work is exhibited yearly in Eastern Shows such as the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, S.C., the Mid-Atlantic Waterfowl Show in Salisbury, Maryland and the Eastern Wildfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland. He has presented many demonstrations of his works at the Ducks Unlimited Dinners, and was chosen artist of the year by Ducks Unlimited of the Eastern Shore. He is a faculty member of Eastern Shore Community College, and has taught classes in watercolor for more than ten years.