We shall find peace.We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
- Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Thanks to my friend Sybil Light, Guideposts' Philanthropy Coordinator, I’ve spent the last hour on the Internet admiring the inspirational illustrations of a young artist named Akiane Kramarik.
She’s 17 years old and today paints mostly in acrylics and oils but did her first sketches in pencil at age 4. You can sort of watch her grow up as you scroll through her gallery, her subjects (both people and animals) becoming more and more expressive.
She says her artwork is inspired by her visions of heaven and her faith in God. Her parents were surprised to hear such a thing early on—they had no religious beliefs of their own, and in fact there was no talk of religion in their household.
All that has changed now. Akiane told her mother first about her heavenly visions and how beautifully real they were. “You must believe me,” Akiane told her. Watch the video and, like her parents, you will too.
Colleen Hughes is the editor-in-chief of Angels on Earth. She's been at Guideposts for 20 plus years, and lives in a Hudson River town with her two daughters and two cats.