All of Jim’s prints are truly exceptional, making the choice of selecting a second image to review extremely difficult, for I would love to write about all of them. I finally chose Havana Kitchen, for it is the one image that speaks to a way of life that is more typical of the vast majority of the Cuban populace, namely a poverty-induced existence that has changed little over countless years. The artist has brilliantly captured a haunting and poignant image that offers so much more than a pictorial representation of hardship and culture. Although one understands that in this environment there is constant struggle to make both ends meet, there is a quietness and entrancing quality to the print that heroically rises over the inevitability that times are tough and relentless. In this print, one is filled with quiet emotion, as we witness a woman sitting at the back of the kitchen, the latter being an area that she and her family members probably spend most of their time in. This room contains a wonderfully eclectic mixture of well-worn elements that have been passed down or acquired over many years. The viewable storage space is very limited, consisting of an old sideboard that has as series of cubbyholes that seem to hold day to day necessities rather than decorative items. The back wall has a striking colorful covering, perhaps painted by a relative, which adds a distinguishing point of interest in comparison to the other wall, which is mostly bare except for a few hanging artifacts. The central well-used kitchen table sits on and between two differently patterned linoleum-tiled floorings. On this table sits a partially eaten chicken, and a circular painted tin tray that serves as a repository for left over scraps and bones. In the far corner sits an old refrigerator, sparsely decorated with a few stickers, the electric power cord disappearing into the ceiling tile above. At this point, a ray of hope for this impoverished family is clearly evident, namely one is aware of a new or virtually new refrigerator, sitting alongside its venerable compatriot. Joyously, the woman sitting at the back of the kitchen is on the telephone, with her eyes never wavering from the dazzling white appliance. It is easy to image the excitement and amazement that this lady is experiencing, and I am sure that she is telephoning all of her friends with the news. Jim has wondrously captured a happy decisive moment, and with this inspiring image, everyone hopes that this is a real light at the end of the tunnel for her and all of her family.