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Wisconsin native has illustration featured on Time Magazine cover

A Wisconsin native who has lived in Rice Lake and Eau Claire will have his painting featured on the front of Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" edition.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- You will see it on store shelves in the coming days. Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" edition gets global attention and this year has local ties to Western Wisconsin.

Jason Seiler has spent part of his life living in Green Bay, Rice Lake and Eau Claire before moving to Chicago after graduating from Memorial High School.

Ever since he was a kid he says he has been obsessed with drawing. He was amazed at caricatures, saw them in magazines and knew art was in his future.

"It was a lot of work at first doing work for smaller publications and magazines, and then moving up to the work that I do now," he said.

He has built up an extensive portfolio and now can add this accomplishment to the list. He found out his illustration would be featured on the cover when the rest of the world did. He watched the Today Show on December 11th when Time unveiled its person of the year.

"It wasn't until the night before that I found out I was gonna be the cover, but even then they didn't really tell me they just said make sure you watch the Today Show tomorrow.

Seiler says it took 70 hours to paint the picture of the Pope.

"I get as many pictures as possible for reference and then I create one image, you know the body, hands and pose are from different pictures," he added.

Seiler is a freelance artist and says the only way to make it is to love what you do and be hungry for new challenges. His advice to young artists is to push and challenge yourself. Embrace the struggle.

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