Creating Jack was indirectly inspired by the work of Velda Newman and her gigantic 3-d flower quilts. I can not quite explain it, but seeing her work freed me to do whatever I wanted to do and call it Art Quilting.
My original sketch was simple. I wanted the flower to dominate, but NOT by being so different from the background that it was obvious. In nature, wildflowers tend to be subtle and hidden from plain sight.