Found – A Painting by Akiane

“I was inspired to paint all the races, but finding black people where I lived in Idaho was very difficult.  After a lot of prayers, I finally met two African children whose story was so amazing that I wantedfound-akiane to paint it right away.  There was a taboo in their small Madagascar tribe against saving orphans so after their parents died, the two-year-old brother had to take care of his three-month-old-sister for more than two months.  When they were found, they were barely alive.  I painted them older and healthier to create what their vision might have been during the three-month survival.  The baby girl has noticed the help approaching and is gently caressing her exhausted brother to lift his head up.  After I invited the adoptive parents to look at the finished portrait, they cried.  Although I had painted and gessoed over five different backgrounds for the painting, including deserts, animals, birds and prairies, I finally decided to paint the waterfalls.  Everybody, including me was surprised at the waterfalls in the background, because I had not known that the orphans had been found in the only waterfall jungle in Madagascar.”


(The original painting is acrylic on a 48″x 60″ canvas.  Description borrowed from the book Akiane: her live, her art, her poetry)

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