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.