On the cover is an image of the face of Sandro Botticelli's 'Venus' on a banner in Ocean City, New Jersey, two weeks before Hurricane Sandy brought it's destruction to the East Coast. It's an unlikely coincidence that I should have been there just weeks before the event that would create such havoc for the Eastern seaboard states. The face of 'Venus' for me at the time represented the face of a girl named Renie whose tragic death in 1993 shocked and saddened everyone who knew her. I was in Ocean City 20 years after her death because I wanted to see the place where she spent her summers. I traveled to the college where we first met, and I also visited her parents for the first time. It was a journey that culminated in a visit to Renie's grave in Bellaire, Maryland. The Corene Epitome is a celebration of her life in pictures. The photographs are records of reflection and remembrance, visual expressions of my gratitude for her appearance in my life.