Jason Seiler

Jason Seiler

December 23, 2013

Chicago artist Jason Seiler, who created the illustration of Pope Francis for Time magazine's Person of the Year cover, said his goal was to convey his impression of the pontiff as a genuine, compassionate spiritual leader.

"My goal when painting him was to capture this man's character and essence," he said.

"He is a beautiful person and I hope my painting captured that."

Pope Francis is the third pope to win the magazine's annual award.

Blessed John Paul II was named Person of the Year in 1994 and Blessed John XXIII in 1962.