Life can truly be hard on dreams. I often find encouragement in the lives of female light keepers. They never gave up when life was hard on their dreams.
Despite suffering substantial loss, they served valiantly as light keepers. When Joseph Andreu fell 60 feet to his death white washing the St. Augustine Lighthouse, his wife Maria Andreu became the light keeper.
Maria Andreu is the first Hispanic-American woman to serve in the Coast Guard and the first to command a federal installation.
St. Augustine’s other female light keeper was Kate Harn. Beginning in 1889 Harn served as the 2nd Assistant light keeper for six months after the death of her husband.
My painting, “Field of Dreams” is a tribute to St. Augustine’s two female light keepers. The clouds in my painting symbolize their dreams and the bright yellow daisies represent the perseverance of these women. (staugustinelighthouse.org)