Oil on Canvas
40" x 52.75"
From the Cartoonist is a short story committed to visual imagery. In a glance, it depicts the anecdote of a professional cartoonist who spends most of his days musing at his drawing board. He heralds his own creativity and cleverness by satirizing life situations in the form of cartoons. In a single moment of clarity he realizes that his life has been reduced to the emptiness of a single room with a drawing board. He comes to the realization that he is living his life vicariously through his imagined characters while his life is actually drudgery and repetition. In a sudden burst of freedom, he dismantles his cast of characters and contrived locations and rearranges them in an order-less, free form. With each added stroke, his excitement is increased and his enthusiasm renewed for the possibilities in his own reality. But finally, he steps away from his canvas only to realize that that freedom has been contained in a finite rectangle.