Richard Shaffett

El Machetero, 2017
Acrylic on Panel
32 x 48 in
I wanted to create a powerful tribute to the Cuban cane cutters, and to manual laborers everywhere. They are strong, determined people who do the demanding, endless hard work for the rest of us. I want you to feel the heat and the effort of this work. I want you to feel what this cane cutter's life is like as he spends it chopping cane forever. I want you to feel compassion and gratitude.