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My September 11 Tribute Painting // “Butterfly Prayer”


“Butterfly Prayer” / 72″ x 62″ / Latex On Canvas / Created September 11th, 2009

When I woke up today, I had no idea I was going to create this.  It’s been 8 years and this is the first September 11th tribute I have ever done.  As I watched CNN and most major news networks covering the memorials and honoring the many lives lost, I had a moment of inspiration came over me.  The inspiration turned into a prayer, and the prayer turned into a painting.

I prayed that God would have had mercy on the innocent, and that when their time came, they just flew up to him where they belonged.

As much as I would want you to take in the actual painting, I’m more interested in you taking in the meaning.  You can see more close ups of the painting below.

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  • Angie says:

    Such a powerful piece!
    As a Canadian, I could never imagine such a tragedy but this piece does help me believe that peace was possible to those who passed away that day.
    It give me a great idea of what everyone went through and felt, no matter where they were that day.

    love it…

  • Annie Hamm says:

    Absolutely beautiful and moving David. It was moving and and show all the compassion in your heart.
    God Bless You

  • Todd Hurley says:

    Wow David you really are a remarkable artist. this painting is amazing . i shed a few tears,first sad then happy thanks David for sharing it really hit me square in the heart.

  • shelby asakura says:

    this is amazing!

  • shelby asakura says:

    this is amazing! a true piece of art! may everyone that died that day be blessed with gods love and grace!

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