“The Book” Mixed media on wood, 2012
This painting was inspired by a friend of mine who is an avid reader and thinker and a short animated film we saw together called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. I drew from the idea of the power of words and that they remain alive in all of our lives through reading and sharing. Growing up with Dyslexia in a family of readers and writers I struggled to find the love of reading. Later in life I was able to find a way to make reading and writing an important part of my life.
About the Film.
Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation), award-winning author/illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
“Morris” was awarded the Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film in the 84th Academy Awards®.