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Noah’s Ark Captured on Canvass

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Christmas 2000 and I 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.