Poster Image

Man walking on yellow brick road toward rainbow and Oz


Item#: 2024SYR08

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

You also receive…

An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

Medium- and large-format posters are available by custom order. Contact us for details.

Poem Inspiration Location

From Chittenango

poster information


From Chittenango

I took the yellow brick road

to fame and fortune

“The Wizard of Oz” is a wonderful allegory of “life’s journey” in search of love, wisdom, and confidence. We are all on “the yellow-brick road”of shared experiences, to self-realization. Frank Baum tried and failed at many endeavors. “The Wizard of Oz” movie was released twenty years after he died. The haiku reveals Frank Baum’s journey to his glorious destiny…literary immortality!

Things are not often what they appear to be. Follow the yellow brick road!

I grew up in Central New York and whenever asked where I’m from, I reply, “Syracuse!” Currently, I live in central Massachusetts and teach elementary school art.

I decided to illustrate the poem about L. Frank Baum, first because I love “The Wizard of Oz” movie (except the flying monkeys). Secondly, this movie holds a special meaning as it was my brother’s favorite. Additionally, I enjoy the parade and OZ-Stravaganza held in Chittenango in June. I also have a personal tie to Chittenango, as I fulfilled the student teaching requirement for my license at Chittenango Middle School five years ago.

Although L. Frank Baum passed away before colored films were on the big screen, I wanted to depict his life like the movie, walking from the old-fashioned black and white downtown into the colorful land of Oz.