25" x 17.25"
Oil on Sandeply Panel
If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things [Articles of Faith 13]
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
I got the idea for this painting and it's title while studying some photographs taken by Rebecca.
I see this young woman looking outward and forward into the future.
It seems to me to have a very basic Christian value. The verses in Proverbs discuss much more than what we usually consider modesty. For example:
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Virtue seems to encompass basic goodness and a wholesome power that comes from good works. A purity of purpose and character.
It is a quality impossible to counterfeit
The tree framing the girl is also symbolic of the growth and possibility of a small seed nurtured by the gospel and atonement of Jesus Christ