Richard Bloch has died. He was an artist and the co-owner and chef of the successful Autumn Breeze Restaurant in Eureka Springs.
Richard approached me a couple of years ago about having a one-person show of new paintings at The Space. “I didn’t know you even painted, Richard.” “I just started,” he said.
He confided his muse was a broken heart and that he obsessively started painting into the wee hours of the morning at his restaurant after it shut down for the evening, turning his kitchen into his studio.
The result was an explosion of work that filled the large walls and floor of The Space. His Pollock, Rothko, Klein references were obvious, but there was passion in every stroke. It was a great exhibit and I was glad to be a small part of it.
We traded our homemade goat cheese for loaves of Richard’s bread, the kind that has the golden, crunchy crust on the outside and that’s fluffy white on the inside, the kind of bread you usually only find in Europe.
The last time I saw Richard was on Spring St. about a month ago. I asked him how he was doing. “Great,” he said. “I’m in love and getting married, and I’m painting.”