Thomas Kinkade

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Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade wrote, “My mis­sion as an artist is to cre­ate glimpses of a world that is tran­quil, peace­ful and full of the beau­ty of God’s cre­ation. That’s what I mean when I talk about Shar­ing The Light.”

Thomas Kinkade is America’s most col­lect­ed artist. Com­ing from a mod­est back­ground, Kinkade empha­sized sim­ple plea­sures and inspi­ra­tional mes­sages through his paint­ings. As a devout Chris­t­ian, Kinkade used his gift as a vehi­cle to com­mu­ni­cate and spread inher­ent life-affirm­ing values.

A key fea­ture of Thomas Kinkade’s paint­ings are their glow­ing high­lights and sat­u­rat­ed pas­tel colors.

Ren­dered in a nat­u­ral­is­tic Amer­i­can Scene Paint­ing val­ues, his works often por­tray bucol­ic, idyl­lic set­tings such as gar­dens, streams, stone cot­tages, and Main Streets. His home­town of Plac­erville, CA (where his works are omnipresent) is the set­ting of many of his street and snow scenes.

He has also depict­ed var­i­ous Chris­t­ian themes includ­ing the Chris­t­ian cross and churches.

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