Shattering the Lens
11x17 inch print. When I painted St. Augustine Lighthouse for the fourth time, I found new inspiration: female light keepers.
Wives and daughters filled in when the light keeper was absent or died. When Joseph Andreu fell 60 feet to his death whitewashing the St. Augustine Lighthouse, his wife Maria Andreu replaced him as the light keeper. She served 1859-1862. She was the first US Coastguard female employee. She was the first Hispanic-American woman to command a federal shore installation. Kate Harn served as Second Assistant Lightkeeper, 1889-1890.