Kinkade is America's most collected living artist, and the
adventure that he's taken to get there is a fascinating and
While growing up in the small town of Placerville, California,
the young Thomas Kinkade embraced a series of simple
life-affirming 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
and imaginative worlds with abandon. It was during this period
that he acquired his moniker as the 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 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.
Thomas Kinkade is currently involved in several collaborations
that allow him to spread his message of inspiration through art.
Ocean Treasures Gallery
785 E Sunset Blvd.
Corolla, NC 27927
Phone 252 453-2383