La señora de La Esperanza (The Lady From La Esperanza)Cuba Series - Painting #7
Acrylic on canvas - 36" x 48"
If there's one thing you'll hear time and time again about Cuba it's that despite the poverty and general malaise about the way things run in the country, the people there have an incredible spirit and a sweet nature that transcends their daily struggles. At each house I approached, my plan to find my grandfathers lost art was considered with fascination and genuine desire to help. I was always let in and introduced to whoever was home as if I was a distant relative. After telling my story to dozens of people and getting no leads I was directed to the house of the town historian, which leads us to this specific portrait.
The typical Cuban house will usually have a rocking chair in the living room and tile floors with distinctive patterns on them. Other aspects will vary but those 2 things are as intrinsic to the experience as any other feature of daily life. I wanted to try and relate that within a scenario that had had a personal effect on me. And so, when I reached the house of the town historian his wife greeted me at the door and invited me in before I could even say why I was there. She offered me a seat in her sitting room and called on her husband who was working in the backyard. As we waited for him she offered me coffee and I recounted my travels throughout the country and how I had arrived at her doorstep; and as with all the people I had met before, I was made to feel like an old friend or a distant relative.