Ben Willis is an artist working in Tempe, Arizona. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Arizona to pursue his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing at Arizona State University. The pattern paintings Ben makes now derive from concepts of optical art. In contrast his use of materials has allowed him to go beyond creating a visual depth, adding a third dimension of suspending paint, iridescent pigment and glitter in many layers of resin. Professionally Willis is currently Painting and Drawing Adjunct Faculty at Phoenix College and Prepartaor at Phoenix Art Museum.