Thomas Kinkade

About Thomas Kinkade

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Thomas Kinkade was America's most collected living artist, and the adventure that he's taken to get there is a fascinating and compelling story. While growing up in the small town of Placerville, California, the young Thomas Kinkade embraced a series of simple ideals that later would shape his future and his art. As a devout Christian, Thom uses his artistic gift as a way to communicate and spread the life-affirming values he embraced during his formative years.

As he matured into adulthood, Kinkade began to explore the world around him with enthusiasm and fervor. He spent one summer on a sketching tour with a college friend, producing a best-selling instructional book, The Artist's Guide to Sketching. The popularity of the book landed the two fledgling artists a job at Ralph Bakshi Studios, creating background art for the animated feature film Fire and Ice. Soon, Thom started exploring light in pictorial space and the creation of imaginative worlds with abandon. It was during this period that he acquired his moniker, "The Painter of Light."

After completing his work on the Bakshi film, Kinkade began his career as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California. In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette, and two years later they began to publish his paintings in the form of graphic works together. Devoted to his wife and children, Thomas strives to lead a balanced life committed to family values. Thom creatively fills his paintings with "love notes" by hiding the letter "N" in all his paintings as tribute to his wife Nanette. His four daughters also find their own messages of love from their father as their names and images often appear in many of his paintings.


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