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Not Without Peril by Elluna Not Without Peril by Elluna
:bulletblack: On this date, February 9, eight years ago, Maura Murray disappeared and was never heard from again. At the time of her disappearance, Maura was just 21 years old. A nursing student. A track runner. A loving girlfriend. A daughter. A sister. A friend. On a cold and snowy February night, Maura disappeared from the U-Mass campus and drove off into the night. In her run-down car, she had an accident in New Hampshire, in Haverhill on Route 112. The snow was everywhere that day. It was near the woods. Maura was never seen or heard from again.
:bulletblack: There is a lot of speculation about what happened, none of which was ever substantiated. This piece, showing a girl walking off into the woods, was just an artistic rendition on the mystery surrounding her disappearance. It is highly unlikely that Maura wandered off into the woods. Moreover, no prints were ever found in the snow.
:bulletblack: I wish to dedicate this piece to Maura's family and all her loved ones.
:bulletblack: I also wish to encourage everyone who might have some information, who might have seen or heard something - anyone with any suspicions or leads, however seemingly insignificant - to come forward and contact the authorities. Please remember that there are people still searching for Maura. These people are in pain. Not knowing, for them, is the worst possible scenario. And it was this scenario precisely that has been ever-present for eight long years to the date.
:bulletblack: This piece is titled after the book that was found in Maura's car, "Not Without Peril: 150 Years of Misadventure on the Presidential Range of New Hampshire" by Nicholas S. Howe. It was reported to be one of Maura's favorites. I have no affiliation to the book or the author, I just borrowed the title, for it fit in with the overall gloom Maura's disappearance has left in her wake.

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stevecash83-ART2 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
remember who 112dirtbag is?
deviorah Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
Greetings, I love this piece. Are you selling it? I would love to buy it. I'm new here so I don't know how this works. Thank you.
Elluna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, devoirah, sorry to get back to this so late.
As stated in the Artist's comments of this piece, and as you probably know, it was inspired by a real-life disappearance. Prior to posting the piece, I contacted Maura's family to ask their permission to publish it - and I also promised them I wouldn't be profiting from it. There's just something about it that wouldn't sit right with me.
The family never asked me not to sell it - but I've resolved not to regardless. And it is a promise I made, so I intend to honor it.
But thank you very, very much for the interest. I can't tell you what that means to an artist - especially one who makes their living off of it. You've absolutely made my whole year for asking.
mlet55 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014   Writer

Might be someone helpful in your mystery

No harm in asking
esstera Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
prije nego što sam uopće pročitala tvoj komentar, pomislila sam kako je tjeskobna ova slika. Djevojka nestaje...
potvrdio se osjećaj kada sam pročitala tvoje riječi. Bolno i teško. Ti si to tako izvrsno izvela u djelu.
Elluna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hvala ti puno na lepim rečima.
Nažalost, da, priča iza slike jeste veoma teskobna. Jednom davno nešto veoma slično desilo se u mojoj porodici, i sada godinama kasnije saosećam sa svima koji su stavljeni u ovu poziciju. Razgovarala sam sa tom porodicom i sa ove strane sveta pokušavam da pomognem na jedini način na koji mogu.
Još jednom puno hvala, drago mi je što ti se dopada, uprkos težini poruke. :huggle:
Deadly-Wanderer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You have been featured! [link] :rose:
Elluna Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
Belthazor1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Great little piece of art. Although the story behind the picture is a sad one.
Nonetheless, another amazing piece of work.
Elluna Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The fact that the story is unfinished is what, I think, gets to me the most. :(
But thank you for the kind words, as always. :huggle:
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Submitted on
February 9, 2012
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3.4 MB


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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
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1/159 second
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16 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 28, 2011, 1:41:33 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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