Andy Lakey 1959 - 2012

Andy Lakey passed away in the early morning of October 4, 2012. He had been struggling with a number of health problems for the last decade, due in part to a toxic/​allergic reaction to the paint he applied so lovingly to thousands of boards and canvases.

Andy and I became close friends while we wrote this book together, and we stayed in touch over the years. I spent several hours with him in February 2011, discussing the possibility of another book. A few days later, I joined him and some of his other friends and colleagues at a luncheon launching a film production company. Andy always had a new project or plan!

Andy Lakey was a unique and gifted person who genuinely cared about other people on this planet, whether he knew them or not. His paintings and generous gifts have touched thousands of hearts and lives. Like many others, I will miss him. But I am glad I had the opportunity to know him and that the book we created together will help preserve the remarkable legacy of his paintings and the amazing, true story behind them.

I would like to think he is at peace with the angels.

Selected Books

American History
The 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School, told through eyewitness accounts and contemporary photographs.
The story of the battle in the context of the Texas Revolution, told through eyewitness accounts and powerful historical images.
The compelling story of the battle told though eyewitness accounts and striking historical images.
Narrative Nonfiction
The story of two brilliant artists whose lifelong conflict jumpstarted the Renaissance in Quattrocento Florence.
The inspiring story of a Hall of Famer who rose from poverty in Puerto Rico to set new standards of excellence and integrity on and off the field.
Biographical profiles of thirteen Native Americans who led their people on the spiritual path in the face of foreign invasion and cultural pressure.
The amazing story of the world-famous angel artist, illustrated with full-color reproductions of his inspiring art.
Rambunctious, rollicking, rootin' tootin' retellings of nine American tall tales.
GINORMOUS retellings of world folktales about giants.
Teeny weeny retellings of world folktales about little people.
A coming-of-age novel set in the world of high school theater.
A first-place Little League team starts losing when their star player's bat mysteriously disappears.

ANDY LAKEY: Art, Angels, and Miracles

Cover paintings by Andy Lakey
Written with Andy Lakey
Turner Publishing • 1996

ISBN 1-57036-282-3 • (OP)

• Selected by One Spirit Book-of-the Month Club, 1996

We exist in a universe replete with miracles and spiritual wonders … each of us can open up to our own liberating connection to the divine. When we hear about the miraculous life of Andy Lakey … and feel the awesome presence of his paintings, we are deeply moved inside. … Andy has found his path with the angels … and we know that we can find ours, too.
—James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecies

This handsome book tells Lakey's story and offers anecdotes about the paintings and how they have brought hope into the lives of their owners . . . An enticing wedding of mysticism and art. —Booklist

On New Year's Eve 1986, Andy Lakey had a near death experience during which he encountered seven angels. The experience changed his life and ultimately touched the lives of countless others. After his recovery, Lakey sat for hours, sketching pictures of the heavenly visitors who saved his life and gave him a second chance. He didn't fully understand what was driving him to constantly draw these images until 1990, when he was revisited by three angels who appeared in a ball of light. When the artist emerged from this vision, he had a clearly-defined mission: to create 2,000 angel paintings by the year 2000. Today, Andy Lakey is one of the world's foremost painters of angels, and his works are collected by museums and art lovers around the globe.

Showcasing over one hundred of his finest pieces, Andy Lakey: Art, Angels, and Miracles chronicles this unique artist's explosion of creative output and the critical acclaim and astonishing success that embraced him. Filled with testimonials from those who have been touched by the angel paintings and their healing power, from art critics who affirm the quality of the art, and from collectors like President Jimmy Carter, author Betty J. Eadie, and actor Ed Asner, Art, Angels, and Miracles is a natural extension of Andy Lakey's effort to share his extraordinary and inspirational art.