Richard Andrew Houser
September 6, 1959 - April 24, 2021
Richard Andrew Houser, well loved local award winning artist and musician, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
Richard grew up an Army "Brat" and travelled all over the world before settling down in Virginia. Richard was a graduate of Emory & Henry College where he earned a B.A. in Art.
Richard was known for his paintings as well as his book illustrations, having illustrated Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle". His art has won numerous awards, including the Award of Distinction, the Award of Merit, the Bristol Herald Courier Award and the Wheat Securities Inc. Award at shows like the Virginia Highlands Festival, the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Bristol Art Guild, the Kingsport Art Guild, the Johnson City Area Arts Council. Richard described his art as "Amerimobilia", a mixture of Americana and Memorabilia. In his own words, "Being an artist, to me, means having the need to create. My art is my life, my experience, my therapy. I hope through my work to remind people of the beauty of the past".
Richard's bluesy pipes were the voice of local bands Blue Rapture with singer/songwriter Greg Smith, along with his own bands Zulu and Company and Houser and Company. He also played the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theater.
Not to leave any creative stone unturned, Richard also poured his creativity into cooking. He put his culinary skills to work at the Starving Artist Cafe, the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theater, and the Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, where he also painted their walls with murals.
Richard touched the lives of so many people in so many ways. His talent, humor and big heart will be sorely missed by family and friends. A memorial service is being planned at Emory & Henry College. Please contact them for details.
Richards art and music can be viewed at https://richardhouser.wordpress.com/
Published by Bristol Herald Courier on May 3, 2021.