Legendary Grand Master Modeler Shep Paine, now retired, was born in Berlin, raised in New England, but long has lived in Chicago and continues to be an active member of the Military Miniatures Society of Illinois. Well-known as a free-lance artist, sculptor, writer, and collector of militaria, his commissions include dioramas for private collections (notably those of Andrew Wyeth and Malcolm Forbes), museum projects, and several large commemorative sculptures for the Franklin Mint. He is the author of four books and has been featured in articles in Sports Illustrated and Fortune, as well as almost every hobby publication. Shep always his considered the box diorama to be the epitome of the modeling art, and his 25 boxes (as well as the rest of a lifetime’s work as a modeler) are chronicled in Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Military Modeler and Historian by Jim DeRogatis (Schiffer Books, 2008; copies signed by Jim and Shep available here). He also is active in the Napoleonic Historical Society and the Company of Military Historians, and you can visit him on the Web at SheperdPaine.com.
(Also: Click here for one more Shep pseudo-box with a use of mirrors that is truly inspired!)