Religious Artwork

“Our Mother’s Gentle Kiss” illustration inspired by the style of Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss".
Medium: Watercolor and gouache.

A small illustrated portrait of St. Pio, popularly known as Padre Pio, before his canonization.
Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and Micronpen.

A Christmas season greeting card inspired by sitting at home at the fireplace being surrounded by loved ones.
Medium: Watercolor, Micronpen, and text added via Adobe Photoshop.

A Christmas season greeting card inspired by baby Jesus as the Lamb of God, the Eucharist. The text is inspired by a Christmas carol that Cella felt representative of that year (2021).
Medium: Watercolor, Gouache, and text added via Adobe Photoshop.

Season's Greetings! Baby Jesus sleeping soundly in a warmly lit Advent Wreath.
Medium: Watercolor, Micronpen, and type added in Adobe Photoshop.

Illustration of Irish saint, St. Brigid of Kildare. Created in preparation for the local Irish Festival in Cella's local town.
Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and Micronpen.

Cella's sense of humor reveals itself in this Easter greeting card she designed, making a joke about Jesus coming back from the dead.
Medium: Adobe Photoshop.

Traditionally, Baptism is the first Sacrament that welcomes babies, young children, and converts into the Catholic Church. Cella illustrated this greeting card with a baby poking its head out of a Baptismal font with the above text saying "Welcome to the Family!".
Medium: Clip Studio Paint.

Cella's sense of humor comes out again for the feast day of the Assumption, August 15, which celebrates Mary entering heaven. Medium: Ink and edited in Adobe Illustrator.

St. Joachim and St. Ann are often portrayed in religious artwork sharing a kiss. Cella created this greeting card for multiple occasions, such as grandparent’s day or Valentine’s day.
Medium: Watercolor and gouache - text added in Adobe Photoshop.

An illustration of St. Elizabeth and Mary greeting one another. Cella created this as a Mother’s day card and a celebrating women in your life card.
Medium: Watercolor and gouache.

Notre Dame Delle Terre, or Our Mother of the Earth, is one of Cella's original images of Mary.
Medium: Watercolor and gouache.

Cella's onsite illustration of a Crucifix in a prayer garden from a retreat house in Maryland.
Medium: Watercolor and gouache.

St. Valentine card 2018 landed the same day as Ash Wednesday so to remind us of our mortality Cella painted St. Valentine’s skull to share with your loved ones.
Medium: Watercolor on aquabord.

A depiction of a found-family under the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Medium: Colored pencil and watercolor.

Cella's personal interpretation of the lesser-known image of Our Lady of Atonement.
Medium: Watercolor and gouache.

Description

As a practicing Catholic, Cella has a special devotion to expressing her faith with her artistic talent. She began creating and selling her own line of Catholic greeting cards in 2018 on Etsy and they are now available for sale on their own site, CellaBellaIlluminations.com. In recent months she has been creating a unique style of iconography, incorporating prints of her original work, collaged materials, and hand-painted designs.