As an artist and an academic, I've long been interested in the intersection of place and creativity: the cities, towns, landscapes and experiences that inspire ideas and great works. Hemingway very purposefully sought out places conducive to his writing—Paris and Key West, among others—but he lived and worked in Cuba longer than in any other setting. As always, sketching allowed me to more deeply see and experience these locales, and to document a personal response to the places we encountered.
|The heart of Old Havana. Hemingway knew these streets well, and was a regular for the mojitos at La Bodeguita del Medio.|
|Hemingway wrote parts of many his novels from room 511 in the Hotel Ambos Mundos in Old Havana.|
|Hemingway's writing studio at his home outside Havana, Finca Vigia, was a surprise gift from his fourth wife. He preferred to write in the bedroom, where his typewriter still waits.|
|A house in a central Havana neighborhood reflects its original opulence and the day-to-day realities of post-revolution life.|