Painting honoring frontline workers unveiled by Intermountain Healthcare
SALT LAKE CITY – A painting honoring frontline workers for their efforts during the pandemic was unveiled by Intermountain Healthcare on Monday.
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The painting, titled “Together We Can Do This,” was created by Utah-based artist Heather Olsen and is dedicated to the men and women who helped save those affected by COVID-19.
Nurses, doctors, therapists and other workers are depicted in Olsen’s paintings. Prints of the painting will be distributed to Intermountain hospitals and facilities, with the option for caregivers to receive personal copies.
Olsen said she was inspired to create the painting after seeing frontline workers sacrifice their own safety in the early parts of the pandemic.
“I was really moved by her victim, especially by the nurses and doctors who helped out in New York last spring,” said Olsen. “With all the fear and the unknown at the start of the pandemic. It was a scary time for everyone. As an artist, I remember thinking, “What can I do?” Then it occurred to me to paint the nurses and health care workers. I wanted to honor her. “
“When I look at it, the first thing I think about is the fear we all had in the beginning, the plight of COVID and everything that is shutting down. The whole year is wrapped up in this concept with the vaccine at the end, which has hope for me. The message is really that we can handle this, we can do this. When I look at it, I see hope. “
The nurses shown in the painting were satisfied with the result.
“The first thing I noticed was how well it represented us. And by us, I mean all caregivers, ”said Jay Larsen, RN, an emergency medicine nurse at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, when he saw the painting. “There are things that would not and could not have been achieved without the rest of the team.”