My latest church interior painting is to benefit the local parish of St. Thomas Aquinas in Jamaica Plain, several miles from where I live. What you see is the skeletal “work in progress” – still much to be done!
St. Thomas Aquinas parish was the first parish in Jamaica Plain, and was the mother parish for several other parishes in the Boston neighborhood. The beautiful neo-Gothic building dates to the 1890’s.
The project evolved from a some work I did in 2004 while attending my local parish, Blessed Sacrament, in the Cambridgeport neighborhood of Cambridge. It was a year of recovery and re-organization for the Boston Archdiocese, and that year Blessed Sacrament became one of the 88 parishes to be closed by the Archdiocese.
It was a beautiful church – a wood-panelled choir, high ceilings, and seating for at least 500. I went one morning to begin a drawing. When the pastor saw me working, he suggested we make the postcards of the drawing as a commemorative gift for members of the parish.
Now that the church has been converted into a condominium complex, we are grateful to have the drawing as a record of God’s presence and work in that place.
A church building is a place to encounter God – and a place where one’s individual encounter with God joins with another to create a communal space, experience and tradition. I am thrilled to offer my love for church architecture to the living community of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish.