24x30 oil on canvas
Then the tobacco is spiked onto tobacco sticks, wooden sticks about 4 feet long. The worker places a sharp metal cone... a spike... over the stick and impales the stalks of five plants onto each stick. The sticks filled with tobacco are forced upright in the ground. They remain there for three days to wilt before the crop is moved to the barn for curing.
The man in my painting has worked on our farm for almost twenty years. He is strong and rugged. I wanted to capture that in my artwork. Spiking tobacco is daunting work!