Regarding the Crucifixion & Resurrection of Jesus ... Akiane says
"in a deep and personal way as a nine-year-old I felt the need to paint the agony of crucifixion, and "Father Forgive them" became my own child-like way of expressing both pain and forgiveness."
...when life lies down on the song of a bird ... my cross is nailed into me
This stanza is from Akiane's poem titled Ant Hill Ashes that was written to accompany the "Father Forgive Them" Jesus painting. Ant Hill Ashes and many other poems and art prints are available in her first book and autobiography . In fact the image you see here is used on the cover of the over-sized table-top book about Akiane, her life, art & poetry.
"Let today be a reminder of what hope truly is."