Need Inspiration Today? Amazing True Story of A Child Prodigy and Self-Taught Artist


This CNN video was sent to me last night by a friend, and I had to share it.  It is about a 12 year old girl named Akiane.  Akiane is a self-taught artist who expresses deep emotion and spirituality through her paintings.  She began painting spontaneously rom the age of four.  

Although her mother and her upbringing was atheistic, Akiane from a young age believed in God and was able to express her visions of heaven and God in her art.  Her faith began to impact her whole family.  

Take a look for yourself, folowing this link

The truth is we all are gifted in our own way and for a reason!

Hope you enjoy this beautiful story.

Comments (10)

Stephanie Moen (Lazcano)
Champions Real Estate Group - Houston, TX
Commercial Property Manager and Leasing Agent


Thanks i saw this a couple days ago and it is truly amazaing, many of us have talents that we dont even know we have and we just need to seek them

Mar 03, 2008 11:07 PM
Gary McAdams
GMAC Schwartz Property Sales - Key West, FL

Great story.  I like to start my day with inspirational storys.  I have a bunch of the motovational CDs but ture stories are the best.  Thanks!!!!!!


Mar 03, 2008 11:09 PM
Lynn Franklin
Coldwell Banker Ponderosa - Paradise, CA

Great one!  I am going to share this one with some of my friends.  What a great piece to start the day with. 


Thanks for sharing. 

Mar 03, 2008 11:26 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Houwzer Inc - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
Hilary, sometimes we just need reminders that in our own way we are special and if we do just a little bit more others will be reminded of it too.  Thanks for sharing.
Mar 03, 2008 11:27 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
Hillary - While the sound did not play for me the pictures were amazing.
Mar 04, 2008 08:51 AM
Marg Scheben
RE/MAX four seasons realty limited - Collingwood, ON
Edey - Collingwood, Ontario

Isn't she magnificent?  I recall seeing this video over a year ago so I was wondering how old she is now (13).  I Googled her and found her website at in case anyone is interested.  Thanks Hilary for sharing that.

Mar 04, 2008 10:23 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Absolutely beautiful art....thanks for posting this video. Prodigy's never cease to amaze me.


Mar 04, 2008 11:21 AM
Wayne & Hilary Shantz
Marg, thanks for website info and everyone for your kind comments.   All of our gifts are special, even if not always exceptional, it's the combination of our gifts and our weaknesses that make us who we are.
Mar 04, 2008 11:29 AM
Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT
Hilary~What a true gift to paint such beautiful pictures. She is quite a talent and boy has God blessed her abilities to share this with us and thank you for sharing her as well. 
Mar 09, 2008 06:30 PM
Blair Anderson
Anderson Associates Mortgage Brokers - Hamilton, ON

That's amazing how much talent can be developed at such a young age.  Thanks for sharing this Hilary.  My mother will enjoy seeing this.

Dec 05, 2008 02:41 AM