I first heard about Akiane this last semester in my Creative Writing class. My teacher said she was a child prodigy and showed us some of her paintings, and I was so intrigued I went home and looked her up online.
What I saw blew me away. She is a self-taught artist who started painting by the age of around four. And even then, her paintings were far, far above her age. Some of her paintings are from visions she has about God and Heaven, like the one below on the left, others are just about life and people she has met. She explains the meanings behind some of her paintings and the visions on her website and in her biography.
Her family was athiest until one day, when she was four, Akiane came up to her mother and said she had met God. Her parents had never talked about God before, so they were surprised she knew what that word even met. All of her family now believes in God and his son, Jesus Christ.
Although her paintings are amazing and beautiful, Akiane also writes poetry, which she also began to write when she was very young. Many of them, if not all, are like the visions because she sees the words in her head and they come out perfect the first time she writes the poem out. The poems are lovely, but hard for me to understand. They are on her website with her paintings.
Akiane has donated and sold many of her paintings. She has been on many T.V. shows (including Oprah) and has met many famous people. God is using her in incredible ways, even though we probably do not understand them all.
The story of this child prodigy raises many questions in my mind. Why did God give her such talent? Why does he allow some people to see visions and not others? This makes me think of the prophets back in the Old Testament. Why did he choose some and not others? The workings of the Lord will always be a mystery to us, but I still can't help wrestling with these questions.
If you would like to learn more about Akiane and see more of her works, you can visit her at: http://www.artakiane.com/