The Abbot of Innisfallen by William Allingham

Inspired by William Allingham's poem, "The Abbot of Innisfallen" I illustrated the following piece in pen and ink, highly stylizing the holy abbot and drawing from Insular sources to relate to the content of the poem. 

The Abbot of Innisfallen
awoke ere dawn of day;
Under the dewy green leaves
went he forth to pray.

The lake around his island
lay smooth and dark and deep,
And wrapt in a misty stillness
the mountains were all asleep.

Low kneel’d the Abbot Cormac
when the dawn was dim and gray;
The prayers of his holy office
he faithfully ‘gan say........

For the rest of the poem click on the link below.

and here is a link to some of my other work...


Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

I am grateful to have been commissioned to paint Cardinal Newman for our parish library.


The Pope's Chair

An updated cover for a book in the works. I'm still searching for a publisher or backer, so if you have any leads, let me know. This story is very current and a necessary balm for our world!


St. Gobnait


St. Gobnait was an Irish abbess of the sixth century. She founded her abbey on a spot revealed to her by the miraculous presence of nine white deer. She is the patron saint of beekeeping; the bees keps by her nuns once saved the abbey by attacking a band of marauders. I included nine white deer, four honeybees and a hive in this drawing.

I drew mostly in the style of early medieval Gospel manuscripts from Ireland. I also borrowed some details from Harry Clarke’s depictons of this saint. The idea of placing the cats within the capital letter I got from Kuniyoshi, who used cats to spell out words in a series of prints.

Visit this web page to read my full description of this drawing. A giclée print of it can be purchased there for $20.

Veneration of the Cross


This drawing was inspired by a passage from The Vision of Piers Plowman, an alliterative Middle English poem attributed to William Langland:

Arise and go reuerense Godes resureccioun,
And crepe to þe croes on knees and kusse hit for a iewel
And rihtfollokest a relyk, noon richore on erthe.
For Godes blessed body hit baer for oure bote.
And hit afereth þe fende, for such is þe myhte
May no grisly goest glyde þer hit shaddeweth!

In the central image, I illustrated the liturgical rite of the Creeping of the Cross. In Medieval England, there were two occasions for this rite, one during the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday and one on the morning of Easter, after the crucifix had been disinterred from the Easter Sepulcher. It is to this latter occasion (the celebration of God’s resurrection) that Langland refers.

The apotropaic power of the Cross mentioned in the text is represented in the outer border. A horde of frightened fiends flee from it; these take obvious inspiration from medieval manuscript drolleries and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. I prefer this type of demon, compounded of disparate and nonsensical elements, as it illustrates the idea of evil being unreasonable and chaotic, and injurious to the ordered hierarchy proper to God’s creation.


Visit this web page to read my full description of this drawing. A giclée print of it can be purchased there for $77.

St. Christopher


This is a large ink drawing on Japanese paper. Its composition is traditional, but the style of drawing is heavily influenced by Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s woodblock prints. The Latin inscription is from the last chapter of the Gospel of Matthew: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. The text resonates especially well with a passage from the life of St. Christopher related in the Golden Legend:
Setting the Child down he said to him: My boy, you put me in great danger, and you weighed so much that if I had the whole world on my back I could not have felt a heavier burden! The Child answered: Do not be surprised, Christopher! You were not only carrying the whole world, you had Him who created the world upon your shoulders!
I wanted the image to convey this weight bearing down upon the saint, and this determined much of the surrounding imagery, which represents all of Creation, according to day.


 Visit this web page to read my full description of this drawing. A giclée print of it can be purchased there for $144.


Gilbert Magazine's annual Film Festival

Once again we are asking for help with the illustrations of the Film Festival.

In honor of the Year of Mercy the movies reviewed have the theme of mercy (as a main or secondary theme.)

If you are interested in submitting a drawing please email me using the link on the sidebar of this site. Deadline for final artwork is May 12th.

The movies we are reviewing are:

The Quiet Man
The Window

3 versions of Les Misérables
Hotel Rwanda
The Judge
War Horse


Apologetic Graphic Design

I have had an idea for over a year now of doing collage-style design with Scripture verses that point to certain articles of the Faith for the purpose of apologetics and teaching the Faith using modern design in our very visual culture. I finally started this yesterday; I'm not sure if it's done yet, as it may be a work in progress, but this is on the Eucharist. It has different Scripture verses from the Old and New Testaments that refer to the Blessed Sacrament. I have no idea if these will ever become posters, works of art, or probably just sit on my computer until it crashes. I would like to do these by hand in calligraphy, but that would take long time, time I don't currently have, so I have to settle for Photoshop at this time. I may do one on the Blessed Mother next. -Jason Tako www.JasonTako.com


At the Library

NOW on DISPLAY April-May, in front of the Children's section in the Main library, San Francisco, CA.  Spotlight on my children's book on churches! 


The Risen Christ Consoling His Mother

  March, 2016
  Materials: Ink, pencil, crayon, acrylic &
  gold leaf on eucalyptus bark.

  Giclée prints are available at: 


Our Lady of Fatima part 5

Here's my next installation in the series. I must admit I was a little nervous drawing The Blessed Mother this time. Wouldn't want to mess up drawing the mother of God.
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To be continued...


Doctors of the Church

Recent work:
St. Therese of Lisieux
9x11" gouache on paper

St. Catherine of Siena
9x11" gouache on paper

St. Teresa of Avila
9x11" gouache on paper


Sylvester's Vision of St. Francis

Acrylic, and gold leaf on paper. 2010
Artwork: 8" x 10", matted in a 12" x 15" wood frame.
Now available on Etsy:

From The Little Flowers of St. Francis
Now a certain man whose name was Messer Sylvester, when he saw that St. Francis gave and caused to be given so much money to the poor, was moved by avarice and said: "Thou didst not pay me in full for those stones which thou boughtest of me to repair the church; wherefore, now that thou hast money, pay me". Then St. Francis, marvelling at his avarice and not wishing to contend with him, as a true follower of the Holy Gospel, put his hands into the bosom of Messer Bernard and, having filled them with money, put them into the bosom of Messer Sylvester, saying that if he wanted more he would give him more. Messer Sylvester, being content with that which he had received, departed and went to his house; and in the evening bethinking him of that which he had done during the day, and considering the zeal of Messer Bernard and the sanctity of St. Francis, he repented him of his avarice; and on the night thereafter and on the two following nights, he had a vision from God, wherein he beheld how from the mouth of St. Francis issued a cross of gold, the top whereof reached to heaven, and the arms whereof extended from the East even unto the West. By reason of this vision he gave away all that he had for love of God and became a minor friar; and he was of such holiness and grace in the Order, that he spake with God even as one friend speaketh with another, according as St. Francis many times approved, and as shall be hereinafter set forth.