Phoenix: A Background

A while ago, I was challenged to illustrate the word phoenix. I based my piece on the following definition:

phoe•nix [fee-niks] noun, genitive: a person or thing of peerless beauty or excellence; paragon.

I scanned in the above old picture of my mom (ok, my dad is there, too), combined it with some textured, patterned elements, and some work in photoshop, and finished with this:

I think I definitely met the challenge... and it is also mother approved!

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