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Inward Beauty

May 14, 2008
Akiane Kramarik's paintings sell for $1 million. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and Good Morning America. She's the bestselling author of two books, "Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry" and "My Dream Is Bigger Than I - Memories of Tomorrow". With such an impressive resume, it might surprise you to learn she's only a child.

Akiane has been drawing since age four, painting since age six, and writing poetry since age seven. She has been featured in the United States, Canada, Singapore and England, and she is a member of both the Kids' Hall of Fame and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children.

Akiane says she started down this path because she began seeing visions as a young child. Her family hasn't always been religious, but even so long ago, Akiane believed her visions were from God. She believed He told her to keep them quiet, so rather than telling others what she saw, she drew.

Akiane saw visions, but she also believes she's part of them as if she's able to consciously be in two places at one time. She once told her mother that this was her reasoning behind the painting "Eternity". It's an experience she calls "shared self" because the visions of other places are so realistic to her.

Inspiration can be found anywhere. Akiane finds it in the most unlikely of places: the feel of an animal's fur, the scent of a flower, or the echoes of light dancing around objects during certain times of the day. Akiane paints what she sees and feels in such a way that the textures seem to pour from her paintbrush effortlessly.

Stop and smell the roses. It's a bit clich, but it's what Akiane does each and every day. She sees beauty all around her, so she uses her talents of art and poetry to show that beauty to others. She simply polishes what she sees, and she believes anyone can learn to do it whether it be art, writing, or even music.

Each of Akiane's paintings is unique. Each has a story to tell and a purpose for being shared. When she painted "Hand of Destiny", she wanted people to see the need for choosing their own destinies by showing a left hand grasping destiny and a right hand helplessly grasping at nothing. In "The Quantum World", she paints a small piece of WHAT she sees in the world around her, but she does so in many dimensions to show HOW she sees.

Even colors have deep meaning to Akiane. When she paints white, she paints truth. When she paints pink, she paints trust. When she paints black, she paints suffering. Each stroke and each poetic word carry meanings deeper than many of us have ever attempted to imitate. Look around. See the world in a different way. Find the beauty within everything.
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