Christina was an actual woman he knew. For awhile, he had his studio in her house. She had a muscle disease similar to polio (notice her withered arm), and did not want to use a wheelchair. So she would drag herself around. One day Andrew looked out the window and saw her dragging herself toward the house, so the idea for this painting was born.
“He’s not impressed with horsepower; the size of our muscles means little to him. Those who fear God get God’s attention; they can depend on his strength.”