Artist Andy Thurber has retired from his day job and moved away from his native Key West. At age 56, Thurber and his wife moved to Micanopy, Fla., about 22 miles south of Gainesville, where he can now paint full-time in his home studio in the rural river town. “I really only left in body,” said Thurber, who for more than 20 years worked in maintenance at a Key West credit union, becoming facility director, while learning the art of watercolors he now uses to capture the island he watched turn from a dusty beach town with a Cuban and Bahamian imprint into a worldwide vacation destination with sky-high rent and million-dollar cottages.


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