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The Invitation – Noah’s Ark – Phase Two

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Elfred in Front of Invitation may 2003 500k.jpg The painting was in motion and nearing completion.  There is a high financial risk to create art. But I believed people needed an accurate painting of Noahs ark instead of cutesy versions with giraffes and elephants sticking their heads out of flimsy reed boats.

Little cartoon paintings didn’t do justice to such a massive event in our planet’s history where all life was destroyed by thousands of volcanoes, massive tidal waves, earthquakes and storms that tore through the Earth. This worldwide graveyard of fossils needed their silent story told.

Elfred back painting invitation sepia may 2003 500k.jpgAfter receiving and watching the video update that Elfred sent I discovered that his talent knew no bounds as he effortlessly painted with a paintbrush in BOTH hands. Animals sprung to life as he captured that last moment in time before the door to life forever closed on the ancient world. Every object took on new depth of meaning and significance as Elfred shared some of the symbolism hid everywhere in the painting. Our excitement grew, realizing that this wouldn’t just be beautiful and accurate, but it had the potential to touch hearts as they saw the history of Genesis and gospel proclaimed in art.

Noah’s ark Explorer Captures The Ark on Canvass

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

It was Christmas 2000 and I was excitedly dialing San Diego, California. “Hello, is this Elfred Lee?”, I asked. Artist Elfred Lee was the perfect choice for the project to see Biblical stories and concepts depicted in an intelligent, realistic and interesting way. Elfred was not only an artist but also an explorer who had searched the Middle East for Noahs Ark. He would bring realism and depth to “The Invitation“ a painting of Noah pleading with the onlookers to enter the ark. Lee would perfectly accomplish this goal of giving credibility to the Biblical story.

On March 15, 2001 Elfred Lee and I signed a contract to begin this magnificent painting that would would take 3 years to complete this 4 x 8 ft. masterpiece but Elfred always tell people “it took 40 years”  because this painting was the fruit of a lifetime of research and exploration.

Elfred’s credentials were fundamentally important to this painting. From 1969 to 1985 Elfred had been on 4 separate expeditions up Mount Ararat, the biblical resting place of the Ark. During that time he was also introduced to 2 actual eyewitnesses who had claimed seeing the ark. Separately these men recounted their unique experiences and like a crime scene artist, Elfred sketched both the shape and position of the ark. Though these men had never met nor spoken to each other, the resulting sketches matched completely and became the basis for the ark design used in The Invitation.