Longtime window artist helps Paint the Town Red

Longtime window artist helps Paint the Town Red

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Paint the Town Red week means a lot of work for one Region 8 artist.

You've driven by them but have you ever wondered who is behind the window paint around Jonesboro?

It may not be who you expect and he believes that may just be the best part.

"When they say Paint the Town Red, they mean it," Bobby Willis said.

Willis has painted windows all over the state for 35 years.

"Lots of practice, and a little bit of luck and that is what it all boils down to," Willis said.

His recognizable signature sits under more than 82 windows he's painted this season.

Willis even painted windows around Region 8 before the Indians were renamed the Red Wolves.

"When it changed over to the Red Wolves, of course that was a big transition. We went from people not wanting to change first off so you really had to make the windows look good," Willis said.

As if he's not busy enough, Willis' art is his third job. He also works as a personal trainer.

He said he's thankful because the jobs are flexible and allow him to do something he loves.

Tuesday he spent the majority of his day at Southern Bank in Jonesboro. A couple of weeks ago he was in downtown Jonesboro.

"I love to see what Bobby has done with the different places, and I think for the most part, Main Street does a great job supporting Pack Pride," Gearhead Outfitters employee Brandon Stevens said.

Stevens said Willis did their windows a few weeks ago, and they are more than pleased with the look.

"I think almost every person on staff here and at several of our stores out of town attended Arkansas State University or they are attending Arkansas State," Stevens said.

As everyone gears up for Saturday's game, Willis has many more windows to paint.

"Gallons of red paint, gallons of red and white," Willis said of how much paint it takes to paint the town.

Willis gives thanks to Mitchell Young when it comes to painting nearly 100 windows for football season.

Willis said he must also thank everyone who allows him to share his talent.

"I consider it a privilege to come and paint it," Willis said.

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