Etty Hillesum quote with "Balm in Gilead" image


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Inspirational quote digital print: I created "Balm in Gilead" in 2015 by carving, staining & painting my drawing of a woman's figure onto a wood block. I was inspired by the song "There Is a Balm in Gilead", a traditional African American spiritual and reference from the Bible. A gentleman purchased it as a gift for someone important in his life who is a cancer survivor, but I kept a photo and used it to make this poster with one of my favorite quotes from Etty Hillesum: "We should be willing to act as a balm for all wounds." Etty was killed in Auschwitz in 1943 but left behind her diaries. In 1998 I read these in a paperback book loaned to me by a friend. When an enhanced edition was published (Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westerbork), I read that too. I used the Canva app to combine Etty's quote with my artwork image.

I have shown in my photos how I printed this digital download onto letter size (8.5 x 11 inch) brochure paper with my own printer. But larger posters may be printed if desired. I provide both PDF and jpg files to download.

If this is your first time purchasing a digital image download, I offer a bit of guidance for printing:
If you have your own printer, that will work. Online printing vendors will request that you upload the digital image to their website. If you plan to take the image to be printed somewhere, you’ll need to save the digital files to a USB drive. Here are five options for printing this digital item:
1. an at-home color printer using brochure or photo paper
2. retail establishments like Walgreens or office stores like Staples
3. online printing shops like
4. online print & frame services like or
5. a professional printing shop in your area

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