Artist who painted Time cover of Pope Francis is Green Bay native

'I hope the pope sees it and is pleased with my work,' says Jason Seiler

Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover featuring Pope Francis has a Green Bay connection. It turns out that the artist who drew the illustration, Jason Seiler, was born in Green Bay. His grandmother, Julaine Seiler, still lives here, and his parents, Larry and Debbie, and younger brother Jeremy and wife Ashley all live in Laona.

Seiler moved to Rice Lake with his family around age 5 and later to Eau Claire, where he graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1996. After high school he studied fine art illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago for two years.

Seiler, who now lives in Chicago, responded to questions via email about his work and his illustration of Pope Francis.
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