"Nancy Moore called me on Wednesday and asked if I could do a piece for the cover of N.Y. Times Week In Review by Friday. (a pretty generous deadline by Times standards). The story was originally titled "The Chump Factor", and it's about the desire to not become a chump as a rationale for cheating. Art director John Cohoe thought my concept of a poker player being seen as a clown by his cheating opponent hit the mark. I created a couple of versions with different palettes that seemed to work with the clown motif, and John picked the blue-green art for the final piece."