Washington Post

He picked up a paint brush - and discovered a world of opportunity

Foto: Butch Dill/AP

The still life of rotting fruit captured the attention of Jon Rudnicki, an admissions counselor for the Maine College of Art who came to Washington, D.C., last fall to review the portfolios of prospective students. So did the dark self-portrait titled "Slave With Agreement," which shows artist Rafael Rodriguez, his hands tied with rope.

Before Rudnicki realized it, he had spent more than 20 minutes listening to the skinny young man from Prince George's County, Maryland, talk about isolation, frustration and optimism - far longer than the five minutes he typically allows for student meetings...

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