The portrait of the phoenix was begun by Sam Evans upon the return of Laura Collins to Collinsport. It began as a portrait of a woman surrounded in flames. Eventually, the shape of a young boy joined her in the painting. It was brought to Collinwood incomplete, but mysteriously, David's image was filled in while the picture hung on a wall. After seeing the complete painting, Roger burned the portrait with Sam Evans and Vicki as witnesses. As it burned, a scream was heard.