I was invited to contribute both original artwork and an essay to Created Book by Likeable Art, a gorgeous coffee-table-style book full of custom art and insights by over 50 of the Catholic world's leading creative minds. I contributed two pieces - one traditional and one digital - which were featured in the book:
I painted Modern Magi to accompany my essay, "Don't Worry, You Belong Here". A traditional children's illustration, the piece imagines the Nativity with a more modern and eccentric group of visitors than is traditionally seen. Each figure has meaning or relevance from an artistic perspective, from Andy Warhol and Disney legend Mary Blair on the left, to a gigantic octopus and big bird. The artwork represents my own spirituality as well as my penchant for including a lot of symbolic detail in my work.
The Song of Creation
After I'd submitted Modern Magi, the response was so positive that I was invited to illustrate the essay of another contributor: singer/songwriter Mike Mangione. This piece represents "the song of creation" - a major theme in his essay - and features a depiction of Planet Earth in place of the guitar's sound hole. The piece was inspired by the sort of folk art commonly seen in blues houses in and around the southern United States and was rendered digitally rather than with traditional media.