Kinkade, Painter of Light
Kinkade is America's most celebrated living artist,
a painter-communicator whose tranquil, light infused paintings bring hope and
joy to millions each year. Each painting Thomas Kinkade creates is a quiet messenger
in the home, affirming the basic values of family and home, faith in God, and
the luminous beauty of nature.
It was while growing up
in the small town of Placerville that these simple, life affirming values were
instilled in him. It was also during this time that Thom began to explore the
world around him. He once spent a summer on a sketching tour with a college
friend, producing 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 an animation feature where
Kinkade was able to explore light and imaginative worlds with abandon.
After the film, Kinkade
earned his living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout
California. In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nannette, and two
years later they began to publish his art.
is a devout Christian and 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 to bring peace and
joy into their lives through the images he creates. The letters he receives
every day testify to the fact that his is achieving his goal. Though a committed
Christian, Kinkade believes that art is a universal language and has the power
to touch people of all faiths.
A devoted husband and doting
father to their four little girls, Kinkade hides the letter "N" in
his paintings to pay tribute to his wife, Nannette, and the girls find their
names and images in many of his paintings.
Thom has completed over
15 books throughout his career. Most recently, Warner Books published "Lightposts
for Living", a best selling book which shares Thom's inspiring words as
well as his art.
Kinkade has received numerous
awards for his works. Most recently, he has been named by the National Association
of Limited Edition Dealers (NAILED) as Graphic Artist of the Year and his works
have been named Lithograph of the Year for seven years in a row.
Kinkade has also won the
Collector Editions Award of Excellence and was a charter inductee to the Bradford
International Hall of Fame for plate artists. In 1989, he was the Official Artist
for the National Parks Collector's Print and has donated his art to the Veterans
of Foreign Wars (VFW) Christmas program. He has also presented paintings to
Presidents and to Pope John Paul. After the September 11th attack on the World
Trade Center, Thom's painting "Light of Freedom" was used to generate
over $1.5 million in donations for the Salvation Army relief effort in New Your
City. In 1999, Kinkade became a "Hall of Famer" in US Art Magazine.