Thomas Kinkade, the foremost painter of light from the United States. Every subject this artist puts his mind to, whether cottage or countryside, small town America or bustling city seems infused with a radiant quality. His complex technique bears great kinship to a little known group of nineteenth century American painters known as the Luminists. As Kinkade puts it, "Like the Luminists, I strive for three visual aspects in my work: soft edges, a warm palette, and an overall sense of light."
His painting is very special in the sense that the image changes from day scene to a night scene as the light in the room diminishes. This special "Kinkade Glow" might help explain Thomas Kinkade's enormous popularity as an internationally published artist. Virtually everything Kinkade paints gets reproduced in one or more forms. Perhaps no American artist since Norman Rockwell has received such broad exposure and popular acceptance. The current waiting period for the original is approximately 10 to 16 months due to his popularity and demand in the United States.
Thomas Kinkade was born in 1958. From the age of four his calling as an artist was evident and by 16 he was an accomplished painter in oil under the apprenticeship of well known California painter Glenn Wessels. A devout Christian, Kinkade readily acknowledges God's hand in his life and is well aware of his many blessings, foremost of which are his lovely wife Nanette and daughter Merritt. In fact, Kinkade frequently pays loving tribute to his wife and daughter by hiding their names or initials within his paintings, a phenomenon eagerly watched by seasoned collectors who often find more hidden tributes than Kinkade himself intended.
Artworks by Thomas Kinkade