Lightness of Being

Lightness of Being

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by Michael Ome Untiedt

Oil on canvas

30" x 40"

"The Teton Mountains near Jackson, WY, is one of the toughest "natural" subjects I have ever painted. I think that is because when you are standing on Antelope Flats looking at them, they don't seem real even then. I was determined to complete a painting of them despite when choosing the flat light of midday. I chose to put the Indian people in the piece to make a statement about the simplicity by which one may reconcile our place in the cosmos, and our human predicament in the presence of reality. I am not depending on the "cultural" identity of Native Americans to bring power to this piece, but rather as a symbol of all humanity and the wisdom of simplicity in existence. I am mindful of a number of Shaker hymns that accomplish this as well...I hope I have contributed to this theme in an adequate fashion." – Michael Ome Untiedt