hirty-four years after the Portrait of Christ was painted in New York, I
was asked to create a second portrait of the Lord Jesus for the Noroton
Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut. Noroton Church was building
a large new fellowship lobby, and the portrait would hang in an alcove between
this large entrance hall and the main sanctuary.
Noroton Church conducts summer worship services on the shore of Long Island Sound, which (see photo at upper right) bears a striking resemblance in Darien to certain views of Galilee.
Here is the account from The Gospels According to Luke and Matthew:
"One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee), with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, he saw at the water;s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Luke 5:1-3; Matthew 4:19, NIV