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The Light Within by Ellen Cotton

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This is a blended image – my mother-in-law at age 94 taken with my cell phone and a texture layer from Sirius_sdz on DeviantArt.
My m-i-l will be turning 100 years old in a few weeks. She has dementia and lives in a nursing home, but is still healthy and loves to sing in the choir. I admire her strong life-force!

Footnote added Sept.27, 2013. Eileen passed away peacefully this morning at age 101. A few days prior she was being lifted out of bed using a swing-like device. Her reaction: “This is FUN!!”

Featured in Everyday Woman – Sept. 2013
Featured in Art Universe – Oct. 2013


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Being in my 60’s, I am a latecomer to photography. Yet I have found great satisfaction and pleasure in creating digital art from my photographs. Taking pictures was a hobby until surgery in 2001 left me disabled and gave me the opportunity to learn about digital art and photographic software. I’ve been selling my work online and through local galleries since 2009.

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  • andy551
    andy551over 2 years ago

    Awesome presentation!…stunning image !

  • Photos - Pauline Wherrell
    Photos - Pauli...over 2 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Oh wow, this is so wonderful, Ellen!! What a beautiful woman, and how amazing that she’s about to turn 100…I love that she sings in the choir!!!! What a fabulous and meaningful creation this is, Ellen!!!

  • Farfarm
    Farfarmabout 2 years ago

    Amazing life !

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB12 months ago

    September 29, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much, Teresa!!! She was an amazing woman and I’ll miss her greatly.

    – Ellen Cotton

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodensted12 months ago

    10-02-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thank you so very much, Kira!

    – Ellen Cotton

  • Ellanita
    Ellanita12 months ago

    Beautiful work and wonderful title…

  • Thank you so much, Ellanita!

    – Ellen Cotton

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