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Akiane’s “Prince of Peace”

At the tender age of four, Akiane began to have visions of heaven, and there she met God.  Her Atheist parents didn’t understand how she even knew the word “God” given her sheltered upbringing free of TV, church or babysitters.  Around that time Akiane started developing an interest inakiane drawing, which quickly developed into a passion for painting.  Without any lessons or visits to museums, Akiane quickly became an accomplished artist painting from her dreams and visions in a style that could at once be called realism and surrealism.  She told her bewildered parents that God was teaching her.  Eventually, given her talent, and profound knowledge of things she couldn’t otherwise know, they couldn’t hold on to their skepticism any longer and decided to put their faith in this Jesus that their daughter was so fond of.

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Akiane at age 9 on Oprah discussing one of her self-portraits

When Akiane was 8 she decided she wanted to paint the face of the resurrected Jesus who she had seen in her visions since the age of 4, but she couldn’t find a good model to work from. One day she asked her family to pray for God to bring the perfect person, the very next day a nearly-seven-foot carpenter walked through their door, accompanying a friend.  “That’s him!” Akiane exclaimed.  The man resisted, feeling unworthy to represent his Master, but after a few days he called them with a change of heart.  “God wants me to do it,” he said, “But I wish to remain anonymous.”  In 40 hours, Akiane painted Prince of Peace (above) on an enormous 36 x 48 canvas prompting many people to write her that this was the same face they had seen in their own dreams and visions.  A study of the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be Jesus’s burial cloth, shows an 80-90% match.  Shortly after, she was invited to appear Oprah and later the Katie Couric Show.  Recently she was depicted in the movie “Heaven is For Real.”  She is now 18 and has painted many other beautiful works, some of which have sold for as much as $100,000.  When asked what religion she belongs to 8-year-old Akiane replied, “I don’t, I belong to Jesus.”

Her work is often accompanied by a poem.prince-of-peace-akiane

“Prince of Peace”
by Akiane Kramarik

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
IT’S NOT TOO LATE !

I plan to share more of Akiane’s work here in the future, as I’d love to discuss it with other people of faith.  In the meantime, I recommend picking up her book on Amazon and checking out her website for more of this amazing story.

Does this painting of Jesus move you the way it moved my husband and I? Does it look like you imagined him?  What details in the painting stand out to you the most?  What do you make of the poem?  What does it mean to you?

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    Power Of Prayer| A Painting by Akiane | We His Beloved
    February 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    […] “Power of Prayer” was painted by Akiane at Age 10 on a 36″x48 canvas.  Her description of her painting is borrowed from her book Akiane: her live, her art, her poetry.  To learn more about this incredible young artist and her story and inspiration read this earlier post from We His Beloved! […]

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