NEWPORT BEACH — It was one of those out-of-body experiences, a tale was more befitting the Sage Hill School gymnasium than a classroom.
On Friday, artist Akiane Kramarik, 16, told hundreds of Sage Hill students about what it was like to be a well-known painter who, at the age of 4, told national news networks that her art was the direct result of divine intervention.
Discovered as a child and first introduced to a national audience by Oprah Winfrey, Kramarik, who only uses Akiane professionally, has been painting since that moment.
The value of her art has been estimated in the millions of dollars, said father Mark Kramarik, 52, who sat in the front row of the gym during his daughter's speech, listening to her as intently as the crowd of Newport Coast high school students.
Akiane talked about how some people called her paintings the "work of the devil," especially after she would say her inspiration came directly from God. She said