Tonight I was looking at my photos and saw ones I had taken of Andy Lakey, the angel artist, doing a painting in 1995-1996 in Sedona, AZ at the Angel Treasures store. I had been fascinated by his story of the angels and his art, prior to meeting him. Andy had nearly died from a drug overdose on New Year's Eve, 1986, collapsed in his shower, had a near death experience, with seven angels surrounding him, and he was "told" he would paint 2000 angels by the year 2000. He had never painted before but soon his angel art became known internationally. His first angel is in the Vatican. President Carter has # 3, and I have #1631 (and a later one of a small one).
So looking at the old photos led me to the Internet tonight and finding the sad news that he had passed away October 4, 2012, at the age of 52! I was shocked! My sincere condolences to his wife, children, and all his family.
I very much had enjoyed my conversations with Andy on the two occasions I saw him in Sedona. I have his book, two of his angel paintings, and two of his energy sketches. I also had Andy do an energy sketch for my grandson, Daniel, who is now 21. I had also discussed with Andy my grief book manuscript, written following my husband’s death, which was awaiting publication at the time. (A Walk Through Grief: Crossing the Bridge Between Worlds.) He asked me to send it to him, which I did.
I do smile every time I see the photos of Andy painting a large energy canvas on the sidewalk in front of Angel Treasures in Sedona. When I had arrived at the store that day, he was painting and had his “angel space” taped off on the sidewalk. His back was to me while he was painting, and I unknowingly stepped into his “angel space,” and without turning around he said, “Someone just stepped into my energy.” I said, “Oh, I’m sorry.” He turned around and smiled at me. His next large painting was one he did for me. I donated that painting to Unity Church in Sedona when I moved from there ten years ago.
Andy was an incredibly talented artist who brought angel energy to many all around the world, and I’m sure continues to do so now from the other side. I’m glad I met him. I’m happy I have photographs of remembrance, and his beautiful art. He left us far too young, but he definitely left us with love.