|The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania|
| Last Modified: May 3, 2002
"Ancestral Fields I" was an attempt to capture a memory from a childhood landscape. Though it accomplished that aim, I sensed there was something more to be discovered in it. A full year later, I began to destroy the painting I had worked so hard to create. I scraped and sanded and gouged and tore until a completely new piece emerged, replete with the history of my hands. It was a cathartic moment for me and a significant turning point in my development as an artist. None of this could have happened without Warren Rohrer. He not only was a remarkably vital man, despite fighting his cancer for over a decade, but possessed an integrity with which he lived his life and created his work that was the purest I have ever known.
This piece emerged as a humble homage to Warren's art and his fields.