I received sad news last week, my ‘artist friend’ Richard Black passed away. He was an interesting ever learning man. I first met him while I was the Education Director at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was an instructor of some for credit courses that we were offering. I was intimidated by him, he had trouble understanding me (young and talking WAY too fast, I am sure) but it didn’t take long for us to start to ‘get’ each other.
As a graphic designer I was able to help him with a logo for his grape growers association, later with a website and an attempt at the ever changing social media. We spent hours together working on his website, sorting though images he had created and each had a story. I remember many of those stories… but I wish I would have wrote them down.
Richard was a printmaker, a professor emeritus of Drake University, a member of the Royal Printmakers Society, had art exhibits all over the US and in London. He was a grape grower, had begun quilting just a few years ago and had plans to hold a kite festival. There was no slowing him down. He was always working on something.
We shared a love of gardening, dogs and art. His humor was special. I am grateful for the time spent. I am grateful for the images and stories he shared with me over the years.
Strawberry Shortcake no longer needs more strawberries! (inside joke) I will remember you fondly.
Learn more about Richard and his work on his website roettastudio.com