La mujer de El Cobre (The Lady From El Cobre)

La mujer de El Cobre (The Lady From El Cobre)

Cuba Series - Painting #2
February 2016
Acrylic on canvas - 36" x 48" 

The town of El Cobre is named for an old abandoned copper mine that used to employ many of the people here. These days it is most famous for being the home of Cubas patron saint, the Virgin of Charity, as well as the Basilica erected in her honor amongst the green foothills of the Sierra Maestra mountains. The church is a draw for Catholic pilgrims and tourists alike, but outside the church there is not much of interest for the average sight seer. 

I however relished the chance to explore a small, out of the way town like this. After visiting the church I made my way around attempting to find an entrance into the old mine. The streets were dusty and barren. I imagined that many of the residents had left after the mine had closed. At one point the smell of fresh baked bread lured me to a stone building that housed a bakery. In front of the store I saw this woman sitting silently on a log. She was alone and seemingly wrapped in thought. Perhaps she was merely resting, but I found myself wondering what it was she might be pondering at that moment. Her hunched position and doleful look seemed to express so much. 
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