Thomas Kinkade is America's most collected living artist. Coming from a modest
background, Kinkade emphasizes simple pleasures and inspirational messages through
his paintings. As a devout Christian, Kinkade uses his gift as a vehicle to communicate
and spread inherent life-affirming values.
It was while growing up in the small town of Placerville, California that these
important values were nurtured. It was also during this time that Kinkade began
to explore the world around him. He 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 the animated feature film
Fire and Ice. It was also during this time that Kinkade began 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,
Nanette, and two years later they began to publish his art.