A Child Prodigy and True Inspiration

I have heard of her before; I saw her on Oprah. I’ve come across her artwork online. But today, I decided to research her story. I am in awe. Her name is Akiane Kramirek and she is an extremely gifted artist, poet and philosopher from Idaho.

Akiane Kramirek and her portrayal of Jesus Christ in her painting entitled, "Prince of Peace"

At four years old she received divine inspiration and began painting and writing poetry. You can learn more about her life experiences in her book, “Akiane, Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry” She paints and writes about nature, God, and all of the things that seem to matter most to her. Her work is very spiritual in theme and she seems very wise far beyond her years. As an artist, I am so impressed with not only her ability to represent an idea or image, but in her conceptual ability and vision.
"Wonder" by Akiane Kramirek, painted when she was 13 year old
I encourage you to check out her website and blog and read her poems and captions along with viewing her work. Here is an example of her poetry. This poem is entitled “Prince of Peace” and was written when she was eight years old. The portrait of Jesus was also painted when she was 8. She is now 16.

Perhaps I wanted to catch it
perhaps not

But one morning
an eagle dropped a diamond

And right then
with my faulty brush
full of my own hair
I wanted to paint

I wanted to paint the wings-
Too late – they flew away
I wanted to paint a flower
Too late – it withered

That night the rain
was running after me
Each drop of rain
showed God’s face
His face was everywhere
On homes and on me

I wrung out the love
to make the red

I wrung out the stumps
to make the brown

I wrung out the trust
to make the pink

I wrung out my own eyes
to make the blue

I wrung out the seaweed
to make the green

I wrung out the nightly pain
to make the black

I wrung out my grandmother’s hair
to make the gray

I wrung out my visions
to make the violet

I wrung out the truth
to make the white

Today I want to paint God’s face

"Open Door" by Akiane Kramirek; a recent painting

a detail from another recent painting by Akiane. She says that God tells her what to paint and write.

Stay tuned for more on Akiane…

2 thoughts on “A Child Prodigy and True Inspiration

    1. Thanks, Theresa. I ordered her book today. She really amazes me. If you look up her work, it’s well worth the time to read the descriptions she includes. The story included in the work entitled “Time” is particularly provocative. I can’t believe she is only 16! Her blog is really interesting, too if you want to check it out. http://akiane.com/blog/

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