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May 30th, 2016 - 8:26am
Feb 12th, 2014 - 11:20am
Forever 21.... :) Happy Birthday Erika. I love and miss you!
Feb 13th, 2013 - 1:48am
Happy Birthday Love <3
Jul 12th, 2011 - 10:32pm
I really miss you.
Feb 12th, 2011 - 10:57pm
Happy Birthday Erika. I miss you so much.
Jul 13th, 2010 - 7:16am
Susan & Reba
Erika, We think about you often and miss you so much. Your daughter is growing up so fast and looks and acts just like you :-) You would be proud. Watch over us.
Oct 16th, 2009 - 3:36pm
Everything should be running fine now here. The picture above should be visable and all posts as well. Please email me at email@example.com if you have any problems. Erika, I think of you often and more recently as another friend battles for her life as well.
Sep 12th, 2009 - 6:28pm
Erika, Thank you for teaching me to see beyond the first impression and to find the amazing beauty within a person. I pray to keep this and your memory alive.
Jul 20th, 2009 - 1:58pm
I apologize for the outtage of the memorial page. Things should be fine now. If you do not see the image above please do let me know.
Apr 19th, 2009 - 2:18pm
Hi, I didn't know about Erica, just ..my eyes can't stop to see the header of this blog. Until I knew...
I can feel that she must be a good women, best friend of alot of people, I also had a young brother who pass away cause cancer, and it almost 4 years, still pain, still hardly to forget but.. for her famillies and friends, I hope.. we can learnt thing from someone who we loved and pass away.
We should respect our life, loving each other, be friend with everyone, atleast..it might be one thing that our friends remember about us later.
Jan 26th, 2009 - 12:39pm
Everywhere. Same as you
I still think about you everyday since we met. The double shot espressos, big pillows, lilies, Punk rock, and Indie bands; fashion shows, profile photos and all your favorite TV shows are just a few of a million things that make me think about you. But mostly it’s just you, and the memories I have. I never forget a face when I see it but yours is the only one I remember still when I close my eyes. I know there is a part of you that will never leave me. I just wish we would have had more time for the things we wanted to do and have. I still feel the presence of your love, and there are still days where I am convinced you are the voice inside my head when all the others seem to loose their meaning. I will forever miss you and will try still to be the man I wish I would’ve been for you. It’s safe to say that I won’t find another person with the ability to change my life the way you did with such ease. I am grateful for the love you showed me. And will continue to believe that you hear me still when no one else does. Sorry it took me so long to post but I know you understand.
Your Love Forever and Always
Sep 11th, 2008 - 12:10pm
I've been praying in my own special way that you and Dad are with us right now as we pull the fabric of our family around L'na. As she endures each day I can hear echoes of you and Dad in the silence of the hospital corridors and see both of you in her eyes. Hold her hand when we are not there. Touch her heart and calm it when she feels fear or pain. GOD is at work here and in time we will know his purpose but in the meantime be with us. - I love you and miss you both! -
Sep 2nd, 2008 - 12:34pm
My Heartfelt Condolences to Family and Friends.Found this page by accident then read about this young person and thought i would pay my respect.i also am to familar with cancer i lost my fiance to cancer over 6 years ago and she was also very young.Very sad and very difficult to see such a young person go through cancer...Once again my condolences.
Feb 13th, 2008 - 11:01am
Happy Birthday kid. The pain is just as bright and the memories twice as sweet. Punky looks more like you everyday. We love you! Kiss my Dad for me!
Oct 8th, 2007 - 10:58am
I miss you Erika!! I feel Mandi slipping farther and farther away and I feel powerless to do anything about it. You were always such a great big sister to her and I know you are still watching over her... She needs you more than ever now. Stay close to her and remind her that she's not alone. There are so many people that love her even when she doesn't believe that we do. :)
Oh, and Susan and I were just talking last night about that movie you had us watch at Parkland... the one with the bleeding anus... YEAH!! Classic! We love you!!!
Jul 19th, 2007 - 5:55pm
David Michael Ball
david i will always remeber you and how you always smilied!! when i was with you i seemed happier!! I MISS YOU!!!!
Jul 13th, 2007 - 1:58pm
Erika, Thank you for being there for Nicky today...I can't help but think that you had a hand in the outcome :-) Your presence is felt here. Everytime the wind blows, I hear a chime in the distance and I know that you are with us always.
Jul 13th, 2007 - 11:30am
Two years... I still can't believe you're gone. I miss you!
Jul 4th, 2007 - 6:59pm
Fort Worth, TX
Hey, Erika. So it's coming up on my birthday, which is also the same day you died (two years ago! Where'd the time go?) and you've been on my mind. I'm hoping that your family and especially your daughter's doing OK.
It seems funny that someone I knew for such a short time should have such an impact on me, doesn't it? But...I enjoyed my brief acquaintance with you, and I hope you knew it.
Mar 2nd, 2007 - 1:37pm
Erika and I use to be best friends before we fell out of touch when she moved to Texas. She truely was a wonderful individual, with so much energy. Although we didn't keep in touch, I never forgot her. Then I found her website, and unfortunatly I didn't have enough time to reconnect before she passed. But I think of her still...and I miss her.
Feb 13th, 2007 - 12:09pm
Happy Birthday Erika! We miss you!
Dec 21st, 2006 - 5:36am
Its been nearly five months now since Grandpa died... just barely two weeks after your 1 year birthday with God. We took comfort knowing that you'd be there to welcome him and show him the way.
We sent Punky birthday gifts in May and Christmas gifts as well. Hopefully I will get to see her Saturday. I'll give her a big hug for you.
Take care of my Dad and remember his bark is worse than his bite. I miss and love you both so much.
Merry Christmas. I wish you were here.
Dec 11th, 2006 - 2:02am
i had all those pictures framed and i gave them to my mom, she really enjoys them.
Aug 24th, 2006 - 9:12am
your cousin Andrew
It's been over a year since I heard i'll never see you again. And I'm said to say I can't remember the last time I saw you. Too much time and too much distance ... I'm sorry this is so late but even though I knew it was true I didn't want it to be. You will always be loved and remembered. You're not alone anymore....God has one more angel.
Jul 12th, 2006 - 11:39pm
4:10 AM - a mere 3 hours from now you will celebrate your first birthday with the angels. We will be smiling and happy for you despite our tears. We miss you terribly. I feel you with me everyday and think about you all the time. Chimes everywhere will be singing for you today. I love you kiddo! Missing you so much!
Jul 12th, 2006 - 11:22pm
It's close now, and I can't sleep. I miss you Erika, we all do.. So many have left messages on your DA site.. I know the pain is fresh again for many and I wish I could ease it for all your friends and family. Know that you are constantly remembered, know that you are always missed..
Jul 6th, 2006 - 9:03am
She was a perfect soul she was my best friend in Jr. High in San Angelo Tx Valerie and are very devestated about it i wish i could of heard her voice before she passed but i know she will be waiting for all of her friends and family when it is our time to go. R.I.P. Erika
Love William Kool-Aid Rahman
Jun 15th, 2006 - 6:26pm
A Starbucks Somewhere in Texas.
I've been thinking of you a lot lately. It's been nearly a year now. I miss your new work on dfwphoto. I miss your txt messages. I miss you more then someone who didn't know you well thought they could. I drive past the place your memorial was held every day and you cross my mind. I hope you are happy where you are. I hope there are many beautiful things to behold. I know there are. I wish we had more time, everyone who knew you wishes they had more time...
May 18th, 2006 - 8:41pm
a place of sadness
tomorrow is our babies birthday
i wish you were here to share it with me
i am sorry i was not the best husband
i miss you
May 10th, 2006 - 10:43pm
Still miss you sweetheart.
Apr 10th, 2006 - 5:57pm
Found her Deviantart once, lost it, and found it again when it was too late, but I don't want to think of it that way. I was extremely moved by someone staying so strong and courageous, kind and caring, even when it seemed too much... I wish life was fairer, some people deserve so much better. Rest in peace, I never knew you but i'll never forget who you were.
Mar 24th, 2006 - 5:59pm
Erika. no more way to communicate with you in this life. ...
I saw I was one of your favourite photographers- thank you. Wish we had met. May you awaken as another beautiful persona again- who knows, our pathes might still cross- sooner or later. love, KT
Mar 24th, 2006 - 5:59pm
Erika. no more way to communicate with you in this life. ...
I saw I was one of your favourite photographers- thank you. Wish we had met. May you awaken as another beautiful persona again- who knows, our pathes might still cross- sooner or later. love, KT
Mar 15th, 2006 - 5:19pm
you rock here, there, in the heaven or in the earth.. u are fantastic <3
Feb 22nd, 2006 - 3:20pm
I never knew you and sadly I never will but I read your story. you fought til the very last. I'm going to tell my cousin who has the same thing about you. so that maybe she will gain some strength from your story. RIP girl. Thank you for being such an inspiring person. you are missed.
Feb 9th, 2006 - 3:28pm
I never knew Erika - however I by chance stumbled across her deviant art account and read her journal as well as looked at her art. It completely blew me away - she was an amazing person with an astoundingly good attitude with what she was facing. My uncle also suffers from leukemia, so I really took everything to heart. My heart goes out to her friends and family and everyone who her art, writing, even smiling face touched in life and death.
Jan 30th, 2006 - 10:33pm
It was just tonight that I came across Erika's myspace profile, which lead me to her DA site & eventually to here...
Looking at her pictures & journals, Erika was not only talented, but a very strong & enlightened individual. I only wish that I had a chance to meet her.
My condolences to her family & friends.
Jan 27th, 2006 - 11:27am
I saw your daughter's artwork roughly a year aog. It was then I knew I would donate my hair to the Kids with Cancer Program in Toronto.
I had to wait a year to let it grow.
Jan 17th, 2006 - 2:32pm
Anton de la Campa
Walnut Creek, CA
I spent precious few months with Erika before she moved away from California to Texas with her family. We met briefly and quickly became close. We shared together very strange and transitional points in both of our lives, but manged somehow to live out those few days with a strange brand of adolescent eloquence.
We were together with full knowledge of her upcoming depature. Still, I can only be happy we were able to make the days count.
I will always remember her with nothing but fond thoughts of a bright, shining star and unshakable memories of a truly uncanny and beautiful individual.
May peace be with your strong soul for always, and hopefully we'll see each other in another place and have the opportunity to sit around and laugh at life the way we used to.
-Anton A. de la Campa
Tuesday, January 17th 2006
Jan 14th, 2006 - 5:24pm
Jan 13th, 2006 - 11:27pm
Richardson (Dallas) TX
I just stumbled across Erika's story via a deviantart link. I was saddened to hear about the untimely loss of one so young and talented.
I have worked with two very fine groups nin the North Texas area that are fighting leukemia:
Both are excellent orgs. God bless.
Jan 7th, 2006 - 5:19pm
One less, but many more thoughts.
Dec 30th, 2005 - 5:18pm
Dec 27th, 2005 - 3:26pm
Thinking about you
Dec 11th, 2005 - 11:55pm
Erika seemed to be a very gentel and kind young lady and although I may not of accually known Erika on Deviantart or in the world we live in I was rather upset to see a person perish in such a way. I read through her journals on her DA account and was shocked and completely devistated to hear her story in such harsh detail. I'm very sorry that family and dear friends had to go through such rough moments in losing this fantastic and kind young woman. may you know that everyone who knew or have never met Erika have kept a prayer in their hearts from the rests safe keeping. I'm sure though that she is defenately happy and pain free where ever she may be at the moment. thank you for this moment of time to read my comment.
Nov 29th, 2005 - 10:00pm
As I was reading some old notes, I came upon from Erika.
I had not talk with her in months, and was choked about it.
I went straight to her DA page, and stayed there for an hour.
I just couldn't believe the reality.
My eyes filled with tears, sobing, refusing.
I started to talk with Erika 3 years ago, we had a very special connection becaus if we didn't talk about artwork, we will talk about raising children, the true challenge that it was, the unfairness of life and love and our responsabilities as parents...
When I was down and couldn't see any solutions, she would open a lighted door.
Truly she did, and more than once.
When she felt stuck and cornered, and I would try to offer options, a different way of seeing life and the challenges.
I remember more than once writing to her saying, you are making it!
Then Erika got sick.
And now, she is gone.
But she's not.
It's not a refusal after all, it's a true feeling.
Not only would I carry her in my heart, but she carries us all.
This, i know.
I am touched beyond words, and nothing, and i mean nothing, will ever heal my bleeding heart nor will erase my memories.
Nov 29th, 2005 - 11:06am
Beautiful souls stay with us as long as we can remember them and smile. Time will only bring this ability, it cannot be bought or made. There are no fitting words to say, but only to think that this world is a beautiful place, and wouldnt be as much so if she had not been here.
If i may tell a story, one night when i sleep my mother, who died of comlications from chemotherapy very recently, came to life in my dreams. As I lay next to her like I had so often when I was small, knowing I only had a short time left to see her before she returned to her home of now, I asked her what heaven was like. She told me in nearly exacting words, "You know that flying feeling you get, when your soul itself is swept up and away? That awsome feeling only brought by the greatest joy in the world, that most heartfelt thing that brings you there? That, Katie, is only the tinyiest fraction of what heaven is like." And then she tld me she loved me and was gone. I awoke, and knew it was no simple dream of my own makeing. And now I do not wonder where my Mother has gone, but know she is truely, truely, in the best place of all, and that someday, i can have her near again.
It keeps me going when no one or nothing else will. I hope the thought of heaven, or what you or anyone else's religion or beleif calls it, can help you just a little if you can beleive in dreams are true.
Daughter and Neice of women who fought this terrible diseas and flew on to heaven. Best/Girl-friend of a boy who's father fights nearly the same disease as we speak.
Nov 28th, 2005 - 10:22pm
There is an untapped stength within the human conscious. How one goes about tapping that well is beyond me. Some find it when they least expect it, and hold on to it forever. Some find it when they need it most, and the fire that warms their soul kindles to new heights because of it.
I hope that your way is lit clearly, and have found a peace never known until now. May your plane of existance allow you the breadth to expand infinitly into the unknown. And may you find truth and happiness, wherever you roam...
Nov 23rd, 2005 - 11:39pm
Erika truly LIVED. That's something so few of us know how to do.
Every moment is precious, and reading her story helped me learn that.
Nov 12th, 2005 - 12:41am
I saw your gallery of photographs right now,and never knew about you before this. People always find a way to live on through the amazing things they did during their lifetime...and your work is really nothing short of amazing.
As another person rightly quoted about you..."you'd make a very beautiful angel in heaven."
Nov 11th, 2005 - 4:45am
I waved to the stars last night...
Nov 7th, 2005 - 12:28pm
I didn't know Erika. I'm just a one more person that saw her works on dA. All I wanna say is that's unfair... so many unworthy people still lives, while she's gone.
Hope she has some good photo studio in a place where we all gona meet - I will have questions about some of her photos :) And maybe a session together?
To family and friends - take care and don't forget to see beauty and art all around. See you some day!
Oct 26th, 2005 - 3:36pm
terribly sorry to hear of this...
my condolences to family and friends.
Oct 21st, 2005 - 9:16am
I had the pleasure of shoot a show with Erika once. She was truly an amazing artist. She was only using a Kodak digital camera around 3-5 megapixels and her work was amazing. Made my work look bland. But she has always been an inspiration to everyones life. With best wishes to her family and child. You'll be missed greatly.
Oct 18th, 2005 - 6:24pm
It seems almost...I don't know, pointless and vulgar to leave this message because I didn't know Erika. I only saw her page on deviantART because of a link that her friend Troy put in the forums on the website. But when I looked at her art and read her journal...wow. I don't think anything or anyone has ever inspired me as much as Erika did with her words and pictures. Her strength and sense of humour, right up until the end, was absolutely amazing. I can't imagine what it would be like to go through what Erika went through with her illness, but to do it with such grace is just so inspirational.
Any time that I feel down, or like life is just a little bit too scary to deal with, I remember Erika and her words and wonderful attitude and it reminds me to savour every moment of life, ever experience, ever second I spend with the people I love.
Oct 18th, 2005 - 6:10pm
I know that you are here... I see little signs in the strangest places... "God is Love" on the sign as I go by. Windchimes on a still day. The kid with a mohawk that crosses my path... I can hear you say "Cool" and I smile. You changed my perspective, my outlook, my insight and my life. Erika, I miss you so much.
Oct 5th, 2005 - 2:49pm
Still missing you sweetie.
Sep 14th, 2005 - 1:55am
I had the chance to have several awesome conversations with Erika. I never had the chance to meet her but I really wish I would have. She was very sweet and took the cards that God handed her graciously. She was someone who you could really talk to and you knew she would listen and hold a true and meaningful conversation. I just found out about her passing by looking at her myspace in curiousity of what she was up to since I hadnt seen her online in awhile and I was devastated. I'll miss you Erika. RIP.
Sep 13th, 2005 - 5:36am
I am sorry that I never had a chance to met you, cause I found your page too late. I wish you found peace and happines there in heaven. May you reast in peace, and God be with you and your family in these difficult times. I'm with you in my prayers. My deep condolences to your family, friends and loved ones.
Sep 6th, 2005 - 1:43pm
I'd never had the pleasure of meeting you; for I am sure I would have learnt so much from you. Photographers are artists, they see the very soul of people and they make people look at things in a entirely different way - which opens them up for more learning. My best friend, Amy Kessler, was a little like you. She died of liver and pancreatic cancer at the age of 30 in 1994- three weeks before I knew she had died. When I'd heard, it was like getting hit in the stomach. I never got to say, goodbye and I love you. She was so damned positive towards the end, just like they say of you, and NEVER let her illness make people uneasy. She loved life more than anything. I bet you did too. Erika, you are a sunbeam.
Sep 1st, 2005 - 10:17pm
Theres not much i can say that hasnt already been said so ill just share a few things that stick out in my mind when i think of erika.
My band was over at her apartment to do promotional photos. It was more like hanging out with some picture taking going on than anything. Anyway, i remember we had to fit like 6 of us in this small bathtub which was hard to do because we would all fall over like bowling pins if someone didnt stay still enough and i remember erika just laughing at how rediculous we had to have looked and how hard it was to get a good picture of us not looking uncomfortable but she managed to do it. Anyway the thing i really remember about that night was when a few of us were on the back patio just staring out over the highway i think it was, really clear night, the moon was out and the flag was waving. Anytime i think of Erika those are the things i immediately think of. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Sep 1st, 2005 - 4:19pm
Her photographs are awesome I wished I could have met her. .It makes me realize that you should spend more time with your family members and loved ones. Rest in Peace.
Aug 24th, 2005 - 2:35pm
When someone is alive, you tend to forget just how important they are to you... is a beautiful thing, because it reminds us of that persons importance. May you find in heaven the things that you deserve, that this earth failed to give you. We all miss you Erika.
Aug 24th, 2005 - 12:52am
I knew Erika from online, when I first met her I was so impressed with her work, and her beauty. I talked to her often online, and she taught me some stuff about cameras, as I'm pretty new to photography. Sometimes I'd come home in a bad mood because or work, or my divorce I was going through, or whatever and I'd see her online. She'd always make me laugh, her outlook was the greatest. It was always so inspiring to me the strength she had, I'd feel bad for whining about my problems and she'd tell me not to worry; I was like, wow, SHE is telling me everything will be ok and look at what she is going through. She never complained, she never whined. We planned several times to meet up and take some pictures downtown, and I'm so sorry to just now have found out that it won't happen. Every time we'd try and plan it, she'd be unable to go due to everything going on. I'm going to go tomorrow or the next day and take those pictures, and I know she'll be there with me. I know she's in a better place now, and I'm sure she's taking lots of pictures and bringing smiles to the people wherever she is now. I'll miss you Erika. Thanks for everything...
Aug 20th, 2005 - 8:03pm
She is with you, and will be with you, forever, and she is smiling down on you, comforting you, carrying you through your days. My condolences to Erika's family, friends, loved ones and daughter.
Aug 19th, 2005 - 10:28am
I too did not know Erica, but my deepest sympathies of with her friends and loved ones.
Be comforted! For she soars now through the sky, playing with angels amongst the clouds whilst she casts her loving gaze amongst you.
Aug 17th, 2005 - 4:22pm
I did not know Erica, but I hope that she is wrapped in God's arms and comforted by angels. May peace and love be with her family and friends.
Aug 17th, 2005 - 9:26am
MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED. MAY HE SEND YOU AN ANGEL TO COMFORT YOU. I DID NOT KNOW ERIKA. BUT, HER PHOTOGRAPHY IS WONDERFUL. SHE WAS VERY TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL. I WILL SAY A PRAYER FOR HER TONIGHT. SHE IS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE FRIENDS LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THIS PAGE UP. :)
"SLEEP WELL MY ANGEL IN THE LIGHT OF THE LORD, FOR HE WILL ENVELOPE YOU IN HIS ARMS AND YOU WILL BE HOME"
Aug 14th, 2005 - 5:53pm
it's sad but she's better where she is now, she don't have to fight evry minutes.i'm sure you miss her and i'm sure it's painful...I totaly understand one of my friend is dead of leukemia and it were really hard...anyway .Erika will alway be with you and it's the most important thing to know for her son
she is/was beautiful
Aug 14th, 2005 - 5:20pm
I didn't know Erika. I just happened to come across a piece of work from her and it said she died. I'm sorry for the loss. My friend is currently going through this. May my prayers be with the family of Erika.
Aug 12th, 2005 - 1:18am
Aug 9th, 2005 - 4:08am
I'm sorry that I didn't really know you. But I think that you're a very beautiful, strong and talented woman.
It was heartbreaking to read your journal entries.
I hope you've found rest and peace now.
Aug 9th, 2005 - 3:44am
I found Erika's DA page by accident, and I started reading the last journal. Then I noticed that we were born on the exact same day... I don't think I could've been so brave and positive, knowing I would die so young. I'm not religious so Erika won't be in my prayers, but her story moved me.
Aug 7th, 2005 - 6:57pm
I didn't know Erika either. But, my friend did only thru the internet, I think. I can tell that Erika was very pretty and beautiful.
I hope she was saved before she died and I hope & Pray, she is with Jesus and The Father right now.
Rest In Peace Erika Warbington.
Aug 5th, 2005 - 8:51am
I only knew Erika through chatting and by reading her thoughts and viewing her art online. But that doesn't mean she didn't affect me. A memory of her that I recall best was our discussion of her people-watching at various spots in Dallas -- especially at Cafe' Brazil. She would jot down different thoughts in her journal. She graciously provided me with a couple of those entries. It was so awesome to be allowed to see such a personal aspect of another person so freely. I always enjoyed her art... maybe it was because I actually interacted with her and the other artists were not as real to me as she was...
I kept a few pics of her on my computer (and a couple of her daughter) - and I think that may have caused some friction between my g/f and I (hehehe).
In the chats I had with her while she was being treated she remained positive. Any time I saw her online I hoped she was available to chat -- that maybe I can keep her company... but in a selfish manner, that she would brighten my day like all her chats would.
You will be missed, Erika.
Aug 3rd, 2005 - 5:24pm
I didn't know you but you were in my prayers and I will continue to pray for you and your family. My faith is in the Lord and I can live in peace knowing that you are in a better place, healthy, and experiencing wonders I cannot begin to understand. I trust we will meet some day.
Aug 2nd, 2005 - 6:00pm
VS Christopher aka disinformatique
I just came online after so many days on deviantART and was shocked to know you have left us for the heavenly abode Erika.
Girl Im gonna miss you all my life now.
Love you always
Aug 2nd, 2005 - 11:43am
Erika, you left behind such a wonderful family. They will remember you always. What you contributed to them, their strength, will continue as a result of your life.
Aug 1st, 2005 - 3:10pm
Your photos leave me breathless. I'm so sorry I am too late to tell you in person. Rest in Peace beautiful girl.
Jul 31st, 2005 - 12:44pm
I finally found the words.
I'm sorry even though we lived so close to each other we never met in person. It saddens me to know you passed away a year to the day I first spoke to you. One day I'll find the words to express the way I feel when I read back and see that you kept your hopes high even when you knew the end was near. Thank you for sharing your battle with the world. We are all the better for it and whether we knew you or not you've left a lasting impression on us. One that I will be reminded of every time I visit DA. Blessed be.
Jul 30th, 2005 - 10:50pm
I see such love in your eyes.
You will be a vision in the next world.
Jul 30th, 2005 - 1:21pm
Im sorry i didnt know you, But Rest in peace
Jul 30th, 2005 - 12:03pm
im glad you came into my life and i hoped that i made a dent cuz you made a dent into me.
Jul 29th, 2005 - 7:49pm
I never got the pleasure of getting to know you but I wished to pay my respects.
Soar high amongst those stars and shine on.
Just-Blaze AKA Shawn
Jul 29th, 2005 - 5:53pm
Cape Town, South Africa
I never had the pleasure of meeting or talking to Erika while she was alive. I’m saddened at the thought that now I never will. I’m very passionate about photography as Erika was. I feel that the spirit behind the lens is always present in whatever image is taken; Erika’s work exemplifies this. Her spirit shines through her photos. Though no words were ushered, Erika has spoken to me through her photos, she has shown me who she was, and how she saw the world, with none of life’s details or complexities to muddy the vision she had. Though her body is no longer here, she lives still; she lives on in you Ariana, she lives on in her photos, she lives on in everyone who saw her images, she lives on in all those people whose lives she touched, and she lives on in those she loved.
Rest well Erika, you’ve left this world a better place than when you entered it, I hope someone will say the same of me when my time is over, for it is the greatest endeavor we can achieve with our lives. Farewell.
Jul 29th, 2005 - 5:03pm
You see into the soul of a photographer, and in that I want to thank you for sharing yourself with me.
Beautiful soul, you are missed.
Jul 28th, 2005 - 3:53pm
You're in the arms of the angel
May you find
Some comfort here
<3 RIP girlie... my thoughts go out to you and your family.
Jul 27th, 2005 - 7:10pm
I came here through Spyed's journal, I read every single journal of you, I see you as an amazing, strong and talented person, I cried when reading your journals about how much pain etc. you had. Your pain is gone now, that is for which I am happy. Condoleances to everyone who loves this person, especially the family (L)
Jul 27th, 2005 - 1:48pm
It´s incredible how one person we didn´t knew can unite persons from all over the world. I only knew her work after she passed away, but I can tell that she was and, I believe, she still is, very talented.
I just wanted to express my condolences to all her family...
Rest in peace...
Jul 27th, 2005 - 10:23am
It's just seems that so many good people are leaving us. Just to let you know, your photography inspired many people, myself included. It's hard for me not to say this to your face.
Jul 27th, 2005 - 9:46am
I had a brother who died before I was born... about 25 years ago he died but his mark has been left on my family... my parents and my brother... it's been a 1/4 of a century since his death the impact he had was huge and he was only 6 years old...
Yes my name is Erika... I suppose hearing of her struggle with cancer has struck home in a strange way because we share a name and also because of similar things happening in my family.
It's a hard thing to live through... and to see it happening to someone you love... that goes without saying really...
I suppose my intentions with this message are just to say... I'm sorry for your loss... along with the rest of the world... We're thinking of you
Jul 26th, 2005 - 6:20pm
I only admired work from afar, and was saddened to hear of this loss. Though it may be hard to understand, she isn't gone forever, she lives through every person she touched, even if it was only a touch by someone looking at her art
Jul 26th, 2005 - 5:43pm
Make time, save time
While time lasts.
All time is no time
When time is past.
Jul 26th, 2005 - 3:32pm
I've read through everything that has been said here and there isn't anything to say that would fully describe how beautiful and talented Erika was. she never let anything bring her down and was positive until the end. Ariana, you are a lucky girl to have a mom like yours. Erika touched so many people and she will always hold a place for her in our hearts. My thoughts are with all of Erika's family and friends. We miss you Erika...I love you girl. -Brandy
Jul 25th, 2005 - 12:01pm
I'm looking up to heaven
And I'm thinking about you
I still mis you my angel
But there is nothing I can do
All these painfull feelings
I carry them with me
I'll never forget you
You will always be a part of me
Jul 25th, 2005 - 8:25am
Elke Celis (SpottyWuff on DA)
I didn't know Erika personally, I've never had the honor of getting to know her, I only joined DA website a month ago...
But seeing her work, reading her story, her entries in the Journals, it made me think of how strong that young woman must have been. How hard she fought to keep on top of things, on the surface of life's water floating.
I wish her family, her daughter, mom, dad, sister, her aunt, all her friends, the strength to do the same, and see the little things in life she captured so beautifully in her art. You are the ones that nurtured her, and let her become what she was all her life.
I hope you'll find comfort in knowing what a good soul she was, and what a great artist she let the world see throughout her works.
Lots of courage sent to you all from far away Belgium,
Jul 25th, 2005 - 8:17am
Seeing all these people whom you've touched with the story of your struggle, I can't help but think that you've maybe inspired many, inlcuding myself, to try and be better people. At least personally, you make me see, if at least for a moment, what truly matters in life and to forget my petty problems. You've inspired me to strengthen my faith and finally pick up and read the Bible as I've meant to do for so long now, and for that, thank you.
I believe we're all here on this Earth to fulfill our purpose, I'm sure you fulfilled yours and now you got a well deserved rest after all that suffering.
May your daughter grow up to be a fine person and know the great woman that her Mom was =) and may your soul rest in peace.
Jul 24th, 2005 - 6:22pm
"Death is only a step taken on the path of adventure that we each embark on." I've never met you, but your story is touching and I will remember it forever.
Jul 24th, 2005 - 6:10pm
Asheville, north Carolina, USA
"If no two snowflakes are alike, beauty is truly infinte..."
I send my love and prayers...but most of all I send my strength.
Jul 24th, 2005 - 2:00pm
Bay Area, CA
Ariana, your mother was an amazing and inspirational woman. She never let life tear her down no matter what it threw her way. She was an inspired artist who saw the beauty in many things that most took for granted. She loved you very much and you were constantly in her thoughts and words. Erika, I miss you hun. The streets of San Francisco will always remind me of you and the pictures and good times we have had. Thank you for all of the times you helped me with life's little setbacks and for chatting with me while I was supposed to be working. I will never forget the young volleyball playing girl that I watched grow into an amazing artist and a wonderful human being. Remember PLUR?? *smile* Peace be with you my friend.
Jul 24th, 2005 - 1:42pm
It's upsetting that so many people, including myself, did not get the chance to meet Erika... but she will always be the brightest star in the sky.
Jul 24th, 2005 - 9:10am
Andrew ( samurai007 on deviantart )
near Pasadena, California
Erika welcomed me to deviantART, she was the first one ever to say anything to me when I first joined. She let me use one of her images for one of my pieces, and when I showed her she laughed so hard she snorted. I'll always remember that moment during one of the few conversations we had through AIM. She remains one of my most favorite photographers, and I'll always remember her and her work the rest of my days. You'll be missed, Erika.
Jul 23rd, 2005 - 10:26pm
to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die..
i miss you, erika..
Jul 23rd, 2005 - 8:19pm
It's...amazing at what is here. Many of us, mainly at deviantART, never knew her personally and just looked afar through her art and journal entries. And despite that lack of knowledge that we never interacted with her, many, many, of us are here to mourn. We'll forever look up to your star and know that it's you...
Jul 23rd, 2005 - 6:24pm
I'm sorry for your loss and my heart is with you.
Jul 23rd, 2005 - 4:54pm
I never met Erika personally. Her plight came to my attention through a friend of hers on DA. She impressed me immensely with her fortitude and strength; she bore up and never really succumbed to the urge to whine in her journal (which is pretty much what online journals are for, most people think).
I sent her a care package once...I accidentally addressed it to Erika Warbler but she just laughed it off. I wish I had talked to her more. She was a great woman and we are all less without her.
Jul 23rd, 2005 - 12:41am
I never knew her, but her story has touched me. I wish the best for all of you, especialy her daughter.
I would contibute, but I am afraid I am unable to, so I pray for you all and Erika.
Jul 22nd, 2005 - 5:03pm
One more star has reached the sky. One more angel to watch over us all. Life may have ended but the spirit goes on for eternity. I knew about what happened to Erika through the journal entry of a friend of mine.
I know what it is like to loose someone you care about. :(
Lost my friend Elsa on the 7th May of 2004. :( (she was also in deviantART under the name of anja-caida). Some people cross our life and even if they touch touch it for a secound and moove one out of your life, they leave their mark inside your heart, inside your soul, so deep that life without them seem to hard to even immagine. I know. A year has pasted now for me, and it still feels like day one. Some wounds in the human soul just don't heal. Maybe with time. But even time can't bring them back. :(
my condolences to her family. :(
Jul 22nd, 2005 - 11:11am
When we met, you helped give me a better hand hold, better stability. I am nowhere near the central circles of your life, but just to have been a part of it at all gave me something that no one can ever change. In my own, special way, I verged to love you, and I know that your heaven is real and there is nothing but supreme perfection as far as the eye can see. (We are told to be happy when someone dies...that they exist in a better place and it is the Way of things. But, selfishly, I would wish you back in a heartbeat.)
Jul 22nd, 2005 - 11:07am
May you burn as bright in heaven as you did on earth~ You are missed beautiful soul <3
Jul 22nd, 2005 - 8:44am
See you Ery!!!
Jul 22nd, 2005 - 6:41am
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I saw a new bright star in the sky the other day. I know it's you. You shine. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 10:01pm
We Love and Miss You So Very Much.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 6:20pm
Farnworth Christian Spiritualist Church
I never met Erika but for what i have learnt what a remarkable woman, i send my loving prayers to Ariana and Family may the love of Light be with you all to give you the strength just keep looking at Erika star and she will be there with you.
Love & Light Sharon x
Jul 21st, 2005 - 5:20pm
No words will ever express the tragedy and loss of this youthful and glorious individual.
Eriak's works are a testimony to her craft and the sensitivity that she alone posed.
To her daughter, family and inner loved ones, I am truely saddened at her passage.
She is in a better place now watching and caring over us all.
God bless you Erika and all who ware dear to you.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 2:14pm
I saw Erika's art on deviantArt and I was very impressed by her style and work. RIP.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 11:53am
That mark of artistic beauty
you had your eye on for so long
is now yours to treasure -
as an angel you have snow for hair.
Rest in peace, you beauteous soul.
I'll remember you even though you never knew my name.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 9:55am
Erika, you were such a bright light, a truly positive influence. You were, and still are, often on my mind. I hope you are somewhere safe and happy and without any pain.
You touched so many people. <3
Jul 21st, 2005 - 7:39am
I never knew Erika, yet she was very talented photography wise, and poetry wise.
One more candle has fallen in the church of life....we will all miss her.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 7:27am
Eloísa Valdes aka helewidis at deviantart
I like to know all people from the deviantart community, especially if they are good artists. Erika is a good artist (I believe she lives thru her past actions)!
Any word of mine will never cope with the pain of her friends and, especially, her family. so I give here my tribute, from a photographer to another.
may she live in her family and friends hearts and memory forever.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 2:52am
San Diego, Ca
You know, it's funny..when I first met Erika online, I thought she never slept...She was always posting photos at 3, 4am after taking photos for 2 hours straight! Although I had the chance to speak with her only a few times online, I got the chance to see her grow....from the photos she took to the journals she wrote. She would write about how difficult it was growing up in Texas....about her love life, about hanging out with friends or going to the coffeeshop. She later wrote of how excited she was that she would have her gallery hanging in that same coffeeshop....how thrilled she was. She would write about her sister, Mandi and how much she loved her, no matter how cranky or moody either of them got. No matter what Erika felt like though, be it happy, depressed, whatever, the shining light, the one who brought out all the love and joy and everything good in her life was her daughter, Ariana. She would always gush about getting the chance to see you, hold you, spend time with you. Erika was an amazing person. She fought through the rough times when most people would throw down the towel, and then kept on fighting. Now she passes that torch on to you, her family and her friends, to keep fighting. Strive to exist...to keep going, keep doing what you love. Remember her fondly, like so many of us do.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 2:41am
We all love you ,
I know you are reading this message
Yeah we are all immortal,
I make no difference between the living and the dead. . .
in fact I may even try to meet you by astral projection dear Erika!!!
I know you are having a blast at heaven,
lots of love, '
Bro swaroop :) :hug:
Jul 21st, 2005 - 2:01am
West Vancouver, BC, Canada
I know that this will be one of the hardest things to accept, and there will be alot of questions and anger and hurt left behind Erika, such as why was she taken, and at such a young age? I don't think that anyone will ever be able to answer that, but instead of the hurt and the hard questions, think how blessed everyone who met her (in real life, or even on deviantart) was, even with the short time she was here. She also seemed to be happy, despite how scared she mmust have been before her passing. She stayed positive right until the end, and you should take strength from that, and live your lives, remembering all the good times that you had. You will also have all of her photos to remember her by.
She left behind so many great things, and showed everyone how strong she could be to fight off her disease until the very end. Never did I see a journal entry where she wasnt trying to stay positive. She was a role model and a real life angel.
The hardest thing in this world is to lose someone, so loved and cherished. I hope that your family can move on past this sadness, to remember everything that was amazing about Erika. It is sad to let her go, but you were blessed to have her. Please try to think of her up in heaven, with no more pain or illness to hinder her. I also have the feeling that she is watching over us all.
Kindest regards and the sincerest of condolences to you and your family.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 1:56am
When I was looking in my devwatch, I saw a daily deviation. It looked cool. I don't normally read the bit underneath the daily deviation.So I just clicked on the photo.
Turns out it was Erika's account, I looked throguh ehr gallery and fell in love with her work. She was so pretty and creative. Then I started to read her journals. Once I had finished I was sitting there in tears.
I didn't know Erika, but now I wish I did. It's sad that someone with so much potential had to be snatched away from the world so early.
Rest in peace Erika Warbington xxx
Jul 21st, 2005 - 1:52am
I remember that I happened upon Erika's page quite by accidently, admittedly because she was fairly good looking and I liked how the photo was taken. Of course upon further investigation I found a really wonderful photographer who had a great amount of skill and talent despite her young age. When you looked at one of her self portraits you could almost feel her smile, feel the joy she was emitting through the medium. Her journals were insightful, and she was quite open about her life and the things going on in it - indeed this would continue even to the end. Honesty like that is hard to find sometimes; and when you find someone like that you hold onto them. I never got to know Erika on any greater level than that, but I counted her among my friends on deviantART and I know that I appreciated her comments. It was an honor knowing her and I don't think there's ever a bad memory I have of her.
Perhaps the only thing I regret is that I never got around to sending her something of my own. But I'm sure that there will be many opportunities to remember her.
Much love to everyone she touched. May this testimonial and all the others serve as a visual guide to just how many people she touched, and the difference that one person can make.
Jul 21st, 2005 - 12:55am
While randomly looking through Photos in Dev Art. I came across Erika's account. I was amazed by her pictures. Everything had a feeling to it. It wasnt until I read her journal I found out what she had, and that she was gone from this world. I wish that I could have told her in person how beautiful her work was and how much it inspired me. She was a strong persong to have braved everything this far... I hope that leaving this message, I will know that her family understands the possitive effects her work have given us, and somehow she will too. <3 May god watch over Erika.
Jul 20th, 2005 - 10:23pm
I didn´t have the privelege of knowing Erika in person, or even during her lifetime- Looking through her writings and pictures I at first couldn´t stop crying, wishing I could give her some of the time I will waste in my life.. When she wrote that she wasn´t sure if she wasn´t doing everything she wanted to with her life I just couldn´t imagine her feeling, but then the more I read it was calming to know she had made peace with this short life, and was prepared for the next step.
If one believes everything happens for a reason, there must be a divine one behind her passing.. if nothing more than to inspire thousands of people across the world to live without fear. This is more than most people can do in a long lifetime.
Jul 20th, 2005 - 9:29pm
I really, really miss you...
Jul 19th, 2005 - 8:58pm
I haven't seen Erika since she was a child, but have kept up with her over the years. She was a very special young lady, and I can tell she has impacted many lives positively. She will be missed and always loved.
Jul 19th, 2005 - 8:52am
Howard and Patty Weeks
Howard and I did not have the privilege of meeting Erika, but we felt as if we knew her. Your loving messages, thoughts and memories will be a memorial to her and all of her family. It will be even more important to Ariana in the years to come.
Our love and prayers go out to all of you.
Jul 18th, 2005 - 3:44pm
Kerry Weeks Brown, Chris, Dalton, and Paige
I never had the chance to meet Erika but from what I know she was a remarkable young lady and a very brave soul. We will pray for Ariana as this must be very hard for her to understand. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. God bless you all.
Jul 18th, 2005 - 3:35pm
Aunt 'Nae & Uncle Rob (L.D.R. & R.N.R)
Erika, was the most bravest person we've known, even though she was only with us for 21 years of our 40 plus years, she was always the most positive minded person , Not ever letting herself give up, and always looking for the good, Even within worse of her moments she had to endure and in knowing the rest of us are having to face our lives without her.…It's never easy for any of us to say goodbye to those we love so dearly, nor to those whom have touched our lives in many unmeasurable ways, and Erika even now while looking down on us from the heavens couldn't possibly really know to what measures her life has touched so many others And that she had made an impact on many of our fellow friends and loved ones, And they all have come to truly admire Erika for her abilities with her camera, and for her love of her family, the love of her friendship's and the greatest gift of love, in which will be forever enternal, is in her little girl, Ariana...
Both Rob and I pray that God's love will forever shine on our Erika... May he give all of her loved ones comfort And May Erika forever click that cameras shutter down upon us left here on earth, So that we can then one day, Meet once more And share the pictures Erika took of us all, When we were not looking... We will forever miss our Erika Lynn, More than we could ever really say in mere words... We'll Love You Always, Our Loving Angel, Erika Lynn.
Jul 18th, 2005 - 10:51am
I met Erika on DeviantART through a mutual friend. Though I never met her in person I felt like I knew her. She was an amazing artist and a wonderful person. I believe she is in a better place now, looking down on us all.
Jul 18th, 2005 - 3:05am
I open this link and upon seeing her pictures the tears begin once again. I have known Erika all of her life and it has been a blessing to mine. We shared so many things in common - our loves and our strifes - and eventually our passion for photography. She was my friend, my inspiration, and my niece. I miss her terribly. I will hear her voice in every photo I take and i will honor her with every frame.
Jul 15th, 2005 - 2:33pm
I met Erika several years ago in Deep Ellum. She walked into a coffee house I frequented with a camera and a couple friends. We struck up a conversation about photography, as I had work on the walls and it drifted to DFWPhoto. After seeing Erika's work, I asked her to become part of what was then a very small website. Erika's work is some of the best on DFWPhoto. Certainly for her age, she was years ahead in experience. After she joined the site, I talked to her here and there. Although I did not know Erika nearly as well as many of you, she touched my heart as she has many others. The pictures of her daughter, the self portraits documenting herself, her final life battle and so much more have all have had a profound effect on my life. I was able to see Erika in her final days. I know Erika is looking down upon us all and smiling to know she will always be loved and never forgotten.