9 Digit Designs

Real Art From the Heart

About Me

I started painting and drawing when I was 16.  Personal experiences are my primary source of inspiration. I use these personal experiences to  express myself in my paintings. Sometimes good experiences give me inspiration, but generally traumatic and life changing experiences are more inspiring.  Art is my way of coping with life's challenges and a way to vent my emotions in paint to express  what I am feeling.


 I have lived in my home town my entire life,  which is the grape region of Pennsylvania nestled along the coast of Lake Erie.  I have been happily married for 25 years.  My husband Scott and I share two wonderful daughters, two German Shepherds, and two cats. Together we are a rather odd and interesting family.

My Survivor Story

On February 19, 2003 I was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer called Epitheloid Sarcoma (Tissue Cancer).  The cancer was in my left index finger. I was told originally that they would scrape the bone but it turned out that my finger had to be amputated. They were nice enough to tell me this as they were wheeling me into surgery. The first image was taken at that time. After amputation, I received radiation twice a day to stop further spread of cancer in my hand. The second image is after a few treatments. I received at total of 67 treatments at the Cleveland Clinic. The third image is how my hand looked during treatment. While going through treatments at the Clinic, I wandered the halls, looking at all the amazing art work.  I thought, as I stared at the artwork, "I am going to paint my cancer experience." This has been my goal since my diagnosis.

My husband Scott has been very supportive of my dreams and my art career. He was the one who encouraged me to get my pictures in print.  I have been pleasantly surprised at the support and enthusiasm I have received in response to my art. 

It took me four years to finish all three of my cancer pictures.  The last one "The Hope Within" took the longest.  I really had to feel completely secure in my recovery in order to feel that I could finish it.

 Cancer is a roller coaster ride of emotions. It is agonizing not knowing if one doctor visit can change your whole life... yet again. So I want to give something back to those who helped me get through it. That's why a portion of the sales of my cancer prints to go to the Hope Lodge of Cleveland, OH.  


Thank you for your support. 

                           -Tamara Maas

                   My Radiation Girls


The Artist, Tamara Maas, is a Sarcoma Cancer Survivor since 2003. 

About this site

This website features many of my art works in the gallery. 

There is also information available about art classes.

I also have products for sale, fill out an order form if interested to discuss prices, styles, and shipping costs. 

You can also contact me directly at (814) 725-1925 or ninedigitdesigns@yahoo.com