by Rosemarie Adcock
“Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and courageous!
Do not tremble or be dismayed,
For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
In this painting, the young woman carves the Hebrew word for courage from the passage from the book Joshua into the tree while a timber wolf stalks her through the forest. The pear tree was traditionally used in early painting as a symbol of well-being, even in the face of extreme danger and difficult trials.