Brent chose a North American backdrop for this painting on purpose, as a way of stating the believe that Jesus Christ is our universal Savior. He is the redeemer of the entire world. Brent can just as easily imagine Him teaching the people on the hillside of his small town in Idaho as he can see Him wandering the hills of Palestine. He loves all of us.
Brent’s personal gospel studies were focused on the Atonement while he was working on this painting. His mind was filled with the thoughts of that most important event while he was painting. For him personally, this painting is all about the Atonement. His stance. His gaze. His presence is stating “I am the Great Redeemer.”