Prayer for September 11, 2001

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Prayer for September 11, 2001 drawing by BZTATPrayer for September 11, 2001

Dear God,

Today a part of my land

And a part of my people

Was reduced to a cloud of

Smoke, rubble and dust.

As the pain and dust linger,

Please help me to join hands

In peace, not rage,

With other spirits

Who seek to rise above.


I wrote this prayer in my journal on September 11, 2001. I created the drawing a couple of months later. It took me awhile to to recover my artistic balance after my world was so seriously shaken that day.

Each year, I post this prayer and drawing here on my blog in hopes that peace will overcome the rage that fills the hearts of many.

I am still hoping.

We always say we will never forget. My hope is that, someday, we will arise as we remember.

Today, 15 years later, I again join hands with kindred spirits. I remain hopeful.

Life is an Adventure!



Did you know there are just 116 days until Christmas 2016?

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Aug 312016

Christmas 2016 tree contemporary folk art painting by BZTAT One hundred and sixteen days might might seem like a long ways off. It isn’t so long, though, if you are planning to make someone’s holiday very special this year with the gift of art.

When it comes to custom artwork to be given as holiday gifts, I like to remind people to order early. In order to have your custom pet portrait gifts completed and shipped in time for Hanukkah and Christmas, you must order before October 1, 2016. After that, I cannot promise to get it completed and shipped on time.

Customized pet portraits make wonderful gifts for people who love their animals as family. I have 4 portrait styles that fit with different budgets, including:

Premiere Contemporary Pet Portrait Paintings
Contemporary Folk Art Pet Portrait Paintings
Contemporary Pet Portrait Drawings
Contemporary Digital Pet Portraits

Order before September 7, 2016 and get 10% off of all styles of Pet Portraits!

I also have a number of non-custom paintings available, including the Christmas Tree painting you see here. Check out my Art for Sale page to see the full gallery.

Please let me know if I can make the holidays extra special for you and yours with an original artwork this year.

I hope your adventures are fun and creative today!

Life is an Adventure!


“Daddy, Can we get a balloon?” – A painting inspired by the “Immel Circus” at the Massillon Museum

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Aug 122016
Circus Art Painting Balloon Vendor by BZTAT

Painting by BZTAT

As a Teaching Artist for the Massillon Museum, I was invited to participate in the exhibition “Conversations with Our Collection”.  For the exhibit, artists who are on staff with the museum were asked to create artworks inspired by items in the museum’s collection. I chose the “Immel Circus” as my inspiration.

According to the museum’s website, the “Immel Circus” is a “100-square foot miniature circus [that] contains 2,620 pieces: thirty-six elephants, 186 horses, 102 assorted animals, ninety-one wagons, seven tents, and 2,207 people. Most of the pieces were hand-carved by Dr. Robert Immel using tools from his dental practice. Some were handcrafted by friends and retired circus performers.” 

The Lilliputian sized model remains on permanent display on the second floor of the museum.

the "Immel Circus" at the Massillon Museum

The “Immel Circus”


The Immel Circus celebrates the exuberant pageantry and constant motion involved in a circus. It also celebrates the culture of those who bring the circus about in the greatest of detail. I chose to highlight what might seem to be an insignificant detail in the overall largeness of it all – a balloon seller in the grandstand.

As a child, my father took my brother and sister and me to the circus many times. I remember being enthralled with how there were so many things going on at the same time, and how everything seemed so magical. My perspective came from a seat in the grandstand, and my view was framed by the vendors in the stands who cried out to us to sell their wares.

the "Immel Circus" at the Massillon Museum

The “Immel Circus”

As much as I enjoyed the theatrical qualities of the circus as a child, I have been saddened to learn as an adult that the animals in circuses were often mistreated. I am glad that our respect for the quality of life for animals is evolving and that circuses are changing in our modern world. My hope is that future generations of children can enjoy the pageantry and magic of the circus without harm to exotic animals.

You can see the “Conversations with Our Collection” exhibit at Cyrus Custom Framing & Art Gallery, 2645 Cleveland Ave NW in Canton, Ohio from August 12 – September 23, 2016.




Life is an Adventure!