A Word from Michael: This painting came partly because my wife plays the harp. We were discussing what a wonderful metaphor the harp is for our inner life: the strings are grounded in the soundboard and yet stretch upward towards the sky. The tension between earth and sky must be just right to produce a beautiful tone. Only then are we in tune with our true self. The nakedness of the harpist reflects how we must strip ourselves of ego to allow the music to shine.