Richard Lee "Richa" Armstrong

April  23rd, 1947 November  12th, 2023
Portland, Oregon
Richard Lee "Richa" Armstrong

                  "As above, so below" 
Hermes Trismegistus, the Emerald Tablet 

In Memoriam

Richard Lee Armstrong, known by many old friends as “Richa” (pronounced “Reesha”), was born in Washington in the Pacific Northwest in 1947, and passed away in Portland, Oregon on November 12, 2023. He grew up in western Washington near Seattle. Richa was a beloved individual who touched the lives of many with his intelligence, curiosity, creativity, and natural healing gifts. He truly was a “Renaissance Man”.

 Richa’s gentle and kind-hearted spirit was evident to all who knew him. He approached life with sensitivity and patience - qualities which guided his healing pursuits. He was extensively trained, gifted, and far ahead of his time in many holistic physical and energy healing modalities, including shamanistic practices and radiesthesia. His work prescribing flower essence formulas helped many people to more graciously handle their life stresses.

 For nine years, Richa shared a special, magical healing practice with dear friend and chiropractor Dr. John Mayfield in the northern California foothills town of Nevada City. Their combined skills helped hundreds of people achieve healthier lives. In that time, he also performed in plays with the legendary Foothill Theatre Company in the historic Nevada Theatre. 

 His passion for art and design led him to complete a BA in Industrial Design at the University of Washington in Seattle, and an MA from California State University, with a fine arts focus. He later studied Anthroposophical art & philosophy and taught art and directed theatre at the Sacramento Waldorf High School for a number of years. He produced and acted in a one-man play during that period. He enjoyed acting and directing immensely. 

Richa was driven to complete countless creative projects, ever thriving on new challenges. He always endeavored to achieve mastery in everything he undertook. This dedication was at the core of his being.

 He was an amazing and very prolific artist, known for many disciplines as an artist and sculptor. Two–dimensionally, he worked with  watercolour, oil pastel, acrylic, and charcoal. Sculptural media included clay, stone, wood, antler, leather, and bronze. He was both a public and a studio artist and mounted numerous and varied exhibitions. His work touched people’s hearts and his spirit was always reflected through his art. He had no concept of “artist’s block”. There was never any downtime to his inspiration.

 Richa was a writer, a poet, and a musician. He loved playing his acoustic guitar and singing. He enjoyed open mic nights and could make up songs and lyrics on the spot. He trained and became skilled playing highland bagpipes, performing at parties and Scottish gatherings - taking joy in honouring his Scottish heritage.

 He was an initiate of the Inayati Sufi Order and believed in the inherent truths that exist within all religious and spiritual paths. He found deep inspiration in his varied spiritual journeys and explorations. Mystical spirituality was a foundation of his identity.

 Richa is survived by his wife of 35 years, SuSan, and their daughter, Lily.  He had sisters Rosemary and Lori and brothers Zachary, Scott, Kelly, and Douglas.

 Richa was special. His memory will be treasured by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He would wish for his loved ones to find solace in the time they shared with him, wanting us to know in our hearts that we will recognize each other when we meet again. Though he may no longer be with us in his physical body, his legacy lives on through his art and in the lives he touched in so many ways.

 There will be a private memorial service in the future to share memories, pay tribute, and celebrate Richa's life as we recall the beautiful soul that he was, and still is.


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January 22, 2024
I first met SuSan at a bus stop in Seattle… it was later that week that I met Richa, a very talented, exceptional man… a true artist.

It wasn’t until years later that I learned that Richa was so knowledgeable about flower essences when he gave me a remedy to use on myself. Thank you Richa for introducing me to the power and magic of the flowers. I will forever be grateful.

Sending love, blessings and comfort to SuSan and Lily.
Karen Bodding
January 13, 2024
Richa’s soul is a jewel of many facets. Each of us whose lives were touched by his generous spirit experienced one or more of his numerous talents, knowing that his being was much larger and more diverse than could be captured by any one title, description or experience.

I first knew Richa in the early 80s when my partner Patricia Kaminski and I were pioneering our flower essence work. He was an early supporter and practitioner using these new, somewhat controversial flower essences. His natural curiosity and enthusiasm allowed him to enter into a profound relationship with their healing properties.

I remember fondly Richa’s generous offering celebrating my 50th birthday, at a gathering that Patricia so lovingly organized. His own 50th birthday was imminent – we were born just a few days apart – and he composed and performed an original song for the occasion. Then he brought a festive mood to the gathering with his bagpipes. (See images.)

Dear Richa of many talents, may all the shining facets of your jeweled soul continue to inspire the lives of those you touched, and may they illuminate your spiritual journey to your next adventure.
Richard Katz
January 9, 2024
The Tarot card of the Magician resonates as Richa's essence. He brought down magic from the ethers and lovingly served needed people from his gracious heart and keen mind. We were a couple from 1976 till 1980. These years were benchmarks for me as I experienced the creative expression flowing from this man. He was an 'original' from the clothes he cut and sewed himself, to the hundred of deer antler that he carved to top off crystals, to the songs he sang as he strummed his guitar. I bow in appreciation for what he gave to me in this life and thank SuSan for loving and caring for him for 35 years!
eileen jorgensen
January 9, 2024
Richa was and always will be one of my dearest friends. Back in the seventies, when my office in Nevada City was a healing center, Richa was the masseuse, with a ton of other skills and Michael Joyce did Feldenkrais work. Often, the three of us would work on the same patient with miraculous results. Richa was with me for nine wonderful years. The tribute his loving wife SuSan wrote really shows who Richa was, and is an interesting read. If you were one of Rich's friends, I encourage you to share this to your timeline so any mutual friends can offer their blessings. Love and blessings to Richa, SuSan and their daughter Lily
John Mayfield, D.C.
January 7, 2024
Richa was one sweet guy. We palled around a bit in the 80s. We took a Method Acting class together and we’re both in a production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. I was Editor Webb and Richa was the alcoholic choir master who shows up as a ghost in Act 3. We worked together on a stone carving of a fishing owl and we won first prize at the Nevada County Fair. I thought that was way cool. We did lose touch, as people do. I am so glad he married an exceptional woman and helped create a fine family. Rest easy. Safe journey through the Bardos old friend.
John Deaderick
January 7, 2024
Everywhere I turn here in Seattle, there is Richa: signs and signatures of his immense creativity, his gentle love, his tending of all that he treasured. I see a dragon and a green man in my garden; drawings and paintings in my home; a beautiful sculpture keeping books standing upright. Photos of the artist, the jester, the musician, the healer…and there were so many more characters in his repertoire!

Richa will always remain a beacon of light in my life. It’s taken me some time to sit down and write what has been in my heart. I am fortunate to have seen that familiar twinkle in his eye even as he was preparing to leave. I will love this man with all my heart forever, and help SuSan and Lily keep his legacy alive in ways we haven’t yet imagined.

I feel so fortunate to have known Richa since I was about 20 years old, meeting at a consciousness-raising workshop in the early '70s here in Seattle. I will carry love in my heart always for Richa and my soul family of SuSan and Lily...always and forever. XOXO
January 7, 2024
I was sorry to hear of the death of Richa today, January 6, 2024, almost two months after his passing. My favorite memory of Richa was doing the Universal Worship with him in Nevada City, CA. He was able to compose music and song on the spot during the service! Another fabulous moment was when he strolled our garden playing "Amazing Grace" on his bagpipes during a prenuptial party of my daughter, Noor-Un-Nisa Annalisa. He and another musician and cloud watcher had the wisdom to call me out and try to rescue me from one of my mishaps! He was right and I was wrong!!! Thank you, Richa, for trying! May God rest his soul ;and may perpetual light shine upon him. Amen. God bless us all, especially his daughter, Lily, and his sweet wife of many years, SuSan. Much love, Ardvisura
Ardvisusra Susanna Maria Ax
January 6, 2024
Our Beloved Richa of Blessed Hands and Heart! I remember having tea with him one lovely summer afternoon, I asked Richa what propels his artistic drive --- his courage and capacity to explore so many art forms in ever new ways. He shared that what lived in his soul above all else is the wonder of having been created – the mystery and the magic of being a human on earth. His ceaseless devotion to artistic expression was an effort to somehow approach/understand that realm of the Creator/Created.

I am posting pictures of an Owl Sculpture of Richa’s that I am honored to own. This masterful piece won top honors in several art shows. Its an incredibly deft working of black marble, a medium which is dense, heavy, opaque and nearly impervious to a sculptor’s hand tools. Yet it comes to life in a stunning way, showing the moment when an Owl is ready to consume a fish. What should elicit a rather unsavory picture of death is transformed into its opposite. Death is not the violence and greed of consumption, but rather one feels it is the embrace of one life living into another . There is something profoundly tender in the gesture of the owl’s enfolding wing, and the fish held at the owl’s heart. The medium of black marble now becomes a stunningly meaningful element of the artist’s expression. Death’s seeming darkness and density has been shaped to reveal the inner soul light and meaning of death as part of the alchemy of Creation — how each life form in Nature transforms itself into another in a Circle of Giving and Receiving..

Dear Richa, may the Wings of Great Spirit Beings enfold you now as you transition from bodily form. All that you gave of yourself on earth surely nourishes and informs the new realm into which you now offer yourself. May you continue your creative journey toward ever great heights of revelation.
Patricia Kaminski
January 3, 2024
Although I never was super close to Richard, he was always present when the kids were growing up. Every single time I saw him, he greeted me with a smile and a hello. Even when things progressively got more difficult with his health, there was Richard... with his kind and gentle smile. He was hands down, one of the most positive people I have met. I am sure he is smiling down at his family from heaven.
December 31, 2023
In the late 1970s Richa was in Foothill Theater Company's play Bus Stop. He played the stoved up older cowboy friend of the young man that was in love with Marylin Monroe's character. After about twenty minutes, a mutual friend who went to the play to specifically see Richa perform asked, "When is Richa going to be in the play?" I said, "See that stoved up older cowboy?" That's Richa." She asked, "Really? That old guy's Richa?"
After the play ended, it took massages and four chiropractic visits to get his stoved up limping posture out of his body.
John Mayfield

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