African American Youth Bible and Cover for Catholic Digest

Back in 2012 I worked with St. Mary's Press and the National Black Catholic Congress to illustrate a Bible for African American youth.  It was quite a challenge since there were over a hundred illustrations and it took a few months to complete.  The goal was to illustrate a selected passage and some had to be done in a more abstract way, depending on if the image would be of an event described or more from a spiritual reflection.  The sepia tones were added later by the publisher, and I think they really help the images.  It was wonderful to have the opportunity to work on this.

Also I meant to post this piece around Epiphany but had too much going on and missed my opportunity.  Admittedly it feels a little awkward placing it here during Lent!  This was for the Christmas cover of Catholic Digest - oil on board.