July 31, 2013

Cuban Cigars, pastel, Bohoy

A new painting done for a recent "Colors of Cuba" exhibit:

In Cuba the government owns everything. Even though they have free health care and fee education the people in Cuba earn a meager wage, to say the least- $17-30 US dollars a month.
Many take to the streets to make money. 
Here, a woman with an humorously large cigar in her mouth hopes to earn a living by posing for tourists.
Juxtaposed to her, is a man who is just casually enjoying his cigar- one of Cuba's most prosperous industries.
Ironically a plant that looks like tobacco leaves separates them both.

Pastel, 8x10, mat with black 11x14 frame, $225.