I love to paint scenes the are evocative of a time in rural America that is disappearing. This scene of an old abandoned church that is slowly falling into disrepair really caught my attention. I can imagine a time when this place was the hub of activity in this rural community. I named this piece "Gathered" because I was reminded of a verse in the gospel of Matthew...."For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." I hope that this painting pays homage to those who, however few, still "gather" in in His name.