80-year-old artist Richard Neubauer stands by one of his pieces while in his bedroom/studio of the Felton home he lives in with his daughter and
80-year-old artist Richard Neubauer stands by one of his pieces while in his bedroom/studio of the Felton home he lives in with his daughter and son-in-law. York Dispatch file photo

His work has hung in libraries and galleries across York County and beyond and even graced a wall in the Yorktowne Hotel in York City.

The portraits and landscapes were seen by many but, odds are, not many people knew the man who put brush to canvas, creating the Dutch-style paintings of detailed realism.

The painter was Richard Neubauer, a Felton man who died Saturday at age 83.

"Those (the paintings) were like his children," said daughter Jenn Lanocha. "This is his legacy."

Like that of some artists, Neubauer's career didn't take off until later in life.

Though he got his start painting as a young man in his 20s, it wasn't until he neared his retirement from AlliedSignal that he really took to painting.

This self-portrait portrays Felton artist Richard Neubauer, who died Saturday at age 83.
This self-portrait portrays Felton artist Richard Neubauer, who died Saturday at age 83. (Dispatch file photo)

Portraits: Neubauer served in the Army in Alaska during the Korean War era and went to work for Bendix, which later became AlliedSignal, as a draftsman when he left the service.

Later in his career, Neubauer was kept on at the company mainly to paint portraits of employees before they retired, said Bill Lanocha, Neubauer's son-in-law.

Bill Lanocha estimated Neubauer churned out nearly 200 of the portraits. That's about how many pieces of Neubauer's work the Lanochas have in their home where Neubauer, a native of Maryland, also lived later in his life.

"It was a pleasure, the four years that he lived with us," Jenn Lanocha said.

During that time together, Bill Lanocha said, Neubauer became one of his best friends as the two shared stories about life.

"I'm close to his age but he could have been my father," he said.

Jenn Lanocha, who also has two brothers - Ed and Joe - said Neubauer was a stand-up kind of father who would do anything to help anyone.

"He was just very down to earth," she said.

On display: When Neubauer retired from work in the early 1990s, he began to paint more, and his work went on display at places such as Yorkarts and the Yorktowne Hotel, both in York City.

One painting - aptly of a pub - hung in the hotel's OffCenter Grill for about a night before it was snatched up by a buyer, Jenn Lanocha said.

"He got excited when someone liked what he did," she said, adding her father was humbled that someone liked his work so much as to buy it.

Most of the people in the portraits Neubauer painted are from classic literature that he read constantly.

Later in life, Neubauer developed cataracts and was left with one good eye. Despite that and other health conditions, he continued to paint.

"He would go through phases of painting and not painting," Jenn Lanocha said. "He would always say he had something to say through his work. He wasn't finished saying all he had to say."

Richard Neubauer's artwork, and that of other artists, will be on display in a Maryland art gallery starting later this month.

Titled "Handsome," the exhibition at Tevis Gallery at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St. in Westminster, runs from Thursday, Oct. 10 to Friday, Nov. 8.

For more information, go to carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.