Kazimieras is 13, a boy growing up in Lithuania in the 80s. The Soviet Union is an oppressive presence, but people's attitudes to it are complex, especially Kazimieras'! He likes to dream and think the best of people. He's an optimist, and life is always good as long as you know how to live it… As long as you don't get caught by the Red Army!
The Optimist is by Kristen Gudsnuk mainly using watercolour but also other materials like plasticine. It's truly a beautiful piece of work, well worth a look! Read The Optimist! Rated E