Description This painting is based on the Ninth Fort located outside of Kaunas, Lithuania. The Ninth Fort was a place of mass murder used by the Nazis to kill 50,000 Jews. In addition to Lithuanian Jews, this site was used for the murder of Jews from France, Germany and Austria. It was in the holding cells that I saw the imagery which inspired this painting. Carved into the bluish rose walls were names and dates. A last attempt to say, 'I was here', to assert one's existence in the face of death. I decided this subject required a partially hidden face to remind the viewer that a person stood facing this wall as they carved their last words.