“Judging Jack was painted for a Reader’s Digest article written by a teacher about her ordinary senior with a B-/C+ grade average. He seemingly lacked direction or true passion. Toward the end of the year, she discovered that he creates detailed paper models, sculptures really, with ordinary printer paper, pencils and pens, scissors, and Scotch tape. He has a gift for seeing flat planes in three dimensions. During the painting process, I used frisket to mask off each background square to keep my lines in perspective. I actually cut right through the paper in a few areas, so the painting had to be glued on top of another paper so it didn’t fall apart.” 12½ × 17, acrylic on paper.