Quaker

Oil on linen, 48 x 60 inches.
Private collection

I first encountered the second story meeting room at the Brooklyn Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends during a wedding a few years ago. More recently, I’ve been there with Callie as she progresses toward becoming a seminary student and a chaplain. It’s a special room. Unassuming in every way, the strongest sensations in the space come from silence and the filtered light that manages to reach the windows despite the many¬†high-rises¬†that now surround the pre-civil war building. That light and the worn yellow color of the pews was enough to inspire completion of this painting in April. The yellow wasn’t something that survived my final layers of paint. Hopefully a little of the quiet light did.