Idealistic Aritist Thomas Kinkade


O come, let us sing unto the LORD:

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

- Psalms 95:1


Thomas Kinkade is America's most-collecteda living artist.

Combining realism with idealism, grand perspectives with minute details, his artworks reflect the love in his heart for God, for family, for Nature, and for simple idyllic life.  In his paintings, we can see majestic mountains, winding rivers, lakes and forests, sea and lighthouses, cozy cottages and rustic chapels, beautiful gardens and peaceful Christmas night. Fresh and uplifting, they radiate with warmth and hope, in which one cannot fail to identify his longings for love,faith and a simple life close to God and Nature.

 Thomas Kinkade was born in 1958. He grew up in the small town of Placerville in California.

In 1976, Kinkade attended the University of California and began to receive his formal art training at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He spends the summer after graduation on a sketching tour with college friend, James Gurney. Together the two produced the best-selling instructional book, The Artist's Guide to Sketching. The success of the book landed the two young artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios to create background art for the animated feature film Fire and Ice. It was also during this time that Kinkade began to explore light and imaginative worlds with abandon.

After the film, Thom earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California.

In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette. Together they raised 4 daughters. Kinkade is a devoted husband and doting father at home. He creatively hid the letter "N" in his paintings as "love notes" to his wife, Nanette. His daughters also find their own messages of love from their father as their names and images often appear in his paintings.

Kinkade is a devout Christian. He credits the Lord for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings. His goal as an artist is to touch people of all faiths, and bring peace and joy into their lives through his art.

While admiring his paintings, we can't help feeling the call of love and Nature, and sometimes a nostalgic feeling for simpler life of faith in old time America.

Besides paintings, Kinkade has also created a number of inspiring sculptures.


Some of Thomas Kinkade's Paintings

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