Our parish art committee had been seeking an appropriate
work for the wall at the south end of our parish hall.
We had found fine works for the other walls, but nothing
we saw had seemed to be right for that last space. Then
on Maundy Thursday came a moment of what I believe was
true grace. “Why not create a large watercolor painting
of the Garden of Gethsemane? What could be more appropriate
there?” The idea burst into my mind while kneeling
in the soft, quiet beauty of the chapel.
My painting of the Garden does not portray what we actually
saw in Jerusalem back in 1999 (we had found an unexpectedly
small, formal-looking area, perfectly gridded by neat
gravel paths). Instead, my inspiration came from what
I think it may well have looked like in Jesus’ time,
and what it means for me. Gethsemane shows the breadth
of God’s wondrous love for us, He who is with us
in mystery, brooding and sadness. Yet that place was also
a garden, an oasis of natural beauty above the rugged
Kidron Valley. My painting embodies this vision, and my
hope is that others will see that as well.
The painting is a gift in memory of the many beloved persons
who have graced our community of St. Augustine’s.