*TALENT SPOTLIGHT: Akiane Kramarik (www.akiane.com)
Kramarik is a Holy Spirit - taught painter who God spoke to when she was four years old; leading her to draw and paint her visions. She began to draw at the age of four, was painting at six, and began to write poetry at seven. Her first completed self-portrait sold for $10,000.
Kramarik's paintings are often allegorical as well as spiritual, involving likenesses of Jesus, children, and animals, as well as self-portraits. She often draws inspiration from magazine pictures. However, according to Kramarik, her main inspiration comes from her visions of Heaven and her religious experiences. By age 12, she had completed sixty large paintings. Some of her works have been purchased by the US Embassy in Singapore. She has completed over 200 artworks and 800 literary works and has published two best-selling books.
At the age of 10, Kramarik appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. At the age of 12, she appeared on CNN. She appeared in the 68th episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2005 and the 21st episode of Katie in 2012.