Since 2002, Will Armstrong has spent twenty weekends per year away from his home in Richmond, Virginia —steadily racking up over half a million miles on his vertebrae and on a rotating cast of trusted (though admittedly abused) vehicles.The road holds countless stories and in his work, you will find them.
Tales of out of the way honky tonks, movie palaces, cheap motels and barrels of gas paid on questionable credit; stories of both roadside dives or majestic theaters and the musicians that crawl in and out.
Will’s work is the soundtrack to a road trip; songs and artists are embedded on the towns they made famous. Bob Wills, Johnny Cash and Muddy Waters are as much as an influence as Frank Miller and Thomas Nast. The lines of the road have become indistinguishable from the lines of the pen; just as the subject from location.
Process and Media
Will draws with an oil-based pen on a collage of vintage maps and sheet music. An acrylic wash on top of the drawing gives the work a painterly style.