"The Summit" by Michael Parkes
Signed Limited Giclee on Canvas, Unframed
Year Produced: 2007
Image Size: 18.5 X 24.25 in.
Edition Size: 80
"'The Summit' is a personal story of evolution on the human level," says artist Michael Parkes. "She stands at the top of the summit after a long struggle to achieve more wisdom and understanding. From the summit she can see her journey below and is finally able to remove the ego mask and be completely herself. The bird has taken off the animal mask and has also evolved, becoming more aware than an ordinary bird. The horse represents the dynamic force and energy that has enabled this arduous process of evolution to take place.
"Although the mask is no longer necessary and wisdom and strength have been gained, the woman still maintains her softness, vulnerability, and femininity. This evolution of a woman on the human level contrasts with my earlier painting, "Athena", which discusses the energy of a feminine deity at work on the earth plane."