Hurricanes have ravaged the Keys, destroying all the earlier lighthouses. This long-standing lighthouse was built in 1946. It has survived the hurricanes since then. The town of Key West grew, and the buildings became so tall that the lighthouse had to be raised ten feet. Now it is so prominent that it could be seen from around the island and far out at sea. Its intricate wrought iron and the huge light caught my eye.
I set up across the street and penciled in the scene. Children played in the yard where Banyan trees offered shade. Out came my five ink pens of different widths and I made the sketch permanent. Tourists milled around me, watching me, and I sold several copies before I was even finished. Like my other work of Key West, this one found homes across the world.
Written by Edmund Fratus . . . Copyright 9/26/2017