North Shore artist paints for six figures, maybe seven soon. She's 25.

A child prodigy who started painting at 6 and was on "Oprah" at 9—and remains productive today—is capitalizing on her idiosyncratic saga.

Akiane Kramarik with her painting "Life Maze"

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A child prodigy who started painting at 6 and was on "Oprah" at 9—and remains productive at the ripe old age of 25—is capitalizing on her idiosyncratic saga.
 
Akiane Kramarik says her first home was a dilapidated shack in rural northwestern Illinois, where her family sold books and other handmade items door-to-door, eventually specializing in edible algae and other "nutritional food" that put them on a path to prosperity. . It took them through a dozen homes across the country and as far away as Australia without Kramarik seeing the inside of a school after second grade, she says.
 
At 4, she began drawing and was soon turning out professional-looking oils—and courting controversy. “Prince of Peace,” a rendering of Jesus she finished in 2003, lit up the internet with "huge negative comments," she says. Some trolls said she had no talent; others accused her of blasphemy. "It was extremely heavy every day," says the artist, who was 9 at the time.
 
Now, the painting has fetched $850,000, she says—but only after its own strange, not fully detailed saga that added to its notoriety and value.
 
Kramarik resides on the North Shore, rising before dawn each day of the week to paint for four or five hours. Among her estimated 250 works, she has sold nearly half of them, she says, for as much as $500,000. “Mother's Love,” painted by Kramarick at 11, depicts a . It’s listed for $1 million. Prints start at $59.

Dean Cameron, an art collector and publisher of Art Chowder, a bimonthly magazine in Spokane, Wash., says, "The quality of her work is amazing, but I think what sells her work is her passion." That—and savvy marketing, he says. Kramarik produces on 79彩票注册网址 depicting her approach to the canvas, and four family members are involved in her business.
 
Though her portfolio appears, at least to a layman, religious-themed, extending to landscapes and seascapes with titles like "Divine Compass," Kramarik says, "None of my paintings I would say are religious. I do not belong to any religion. I belong to God."
 
Her mother was an atheist and her father agnostic, she says. A middle child among four brothers, she was 2 when the family moved from Mount Morris, southwest of Rockford, to a mansion with a swimming pool in Rolla, Mo., she says.
 

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79彩票注册网址Akiane Kramarik with her "Prince of Peace" painting

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Several years later, in Northern Idaho, a carpenter came to their door one day, an event that inspired her to finish "Prince of Peace," she says. Then, it disappeared.
 
Transferred to an agent for display in an exhibit, it was sold without her knowledge, she says. Out of circulation for years, it was recovered, she says, and sold recently to a family she says is prominent but declines to name.
 
When Kramarik heard about the $850,000 sale, she nearly dropped her teacup, she says. The money isn't hers, though. It went to the seller, with Kramarik getting a broker's fee. She says she has donated "hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars" to charities, including Smile Network and other youth, medical and educational causes.
 
Cameron says the notion that a child could have produced “Prince of Peace” adds to its appeal. Kramarik says the painting will be displayed next year—somewhere—and the buyers disclosed.
 
Away from her easel, Kramarik says she likes to compose music, travel and go to museums. She’s planning a show next year and hopes to publish a memoir.

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