Willard Hill was born in Manchester, Tennessee on July 29, 1934.
Willard grew up poor in a segregated area of Manchester. His mother died when he was just a child, and his father abandoned Willard and his 7 siblings shortly thereafter.
For 63 years, Willard cooked in restaurants. Today, he is married and has four children and eight grandchildren. Twenty years ago, while hospitalized, Willard believes he received the inspiration from God to make art. Now his small house is filled with his amazing masking tape sculptures. No surface is without stacks of his creations which he crafts by wrapping tape around whatever is handy; wire, coat hangers, or plastic bags. Bits of other available paraphernalia, including cuttings of his wife’s wig, toothpicks, or cotton balls can also become part of his art.