To my mind, she's looking after him – watching over him but I'm leaving it open for you the viewer to decide. I don't want to be the one to tell you what to see. Everyone makes up their own story when they look at the picture and the details in it. That's what I love about creating something like this!
Thanks! The masthead in the bottom-left took almost two days and I actually covered most of the detail I had created but if you look then you can still see enough of it so it's all worth it to add to the atmosphere of the piece. It's bits like that which I think make the difference!