Artist and author Harlan Hubbard was a native of Northern Kentucky. He received much of his early training in art in New York City and Cincinnati. He traveled down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in a shanty-boat he built and returned to Kentucky to live at Payne Hollow, on the Ohio across from Madison, Indiana. He and his wife, Anna, lived in a home they built without any of the conveniences associated with modern life. Hubbard painted and made prints of the world he knew.