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Thomas Kinkade
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Cherish the people who make up your home, and you'll
notice the hearth fires burn brighter than ever before.

Most people are just too busy and their life spins out of control in frenzy and I began to see that happening in my life as more and more commitments would weigh in on my daily schedule and I would lose time with my family in favor of these commitments that had to be met and I just decided that there must be some ways, some simple tools, to bring back to my life those foundational life elements, those peaceful times with my family.  Those simple moments of walking in the neighborhood and riding the bicycle and taking time to read a book. Simple things that enhance life and give your life balance.

One of the basic things that we did in our life was that we eliminated the television and thatís a radical thing for most people because it is a drug-like addiction that people have to that, as a form of relaxation they have in the evenings. But it is a kind of stressful element in the life because people become hooked on certain shows, which create commitments, which you have to be there because you canít miss this latest show. And when we got the television out of our home, which was just a couple of years into our marriage, we found that we had so much time for things we really liked to do. I donít have any particular moral objection to television per se. It is a neutral media that is neither good nor evil. However, it can be either, depending on the content. But as a medium it is neutral.  Therefore, television is not to me intrinsically evil, but to me it is a thief of time.
Whether it's a pebble in a riverbed or a soaring mountain peak, I see everything in the world as the handiwork of the Lord. When I paint, I try to represent the beauty of God's creation in my art. Many modern painters see the world as a jumble of random lines and shapes with no divine beauty or order, and their works reflect their viewpoint. Because I see God's peacefulness, serenity, and contentment, I work to capture those feelings on the canvas.  My vision of God defines my vision of the world.

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Beauty is found in anything that delights the
senses, nourishes the soul, fires the imagination.


There is something deeply refreshing about any truly creative pursuit.
And the benefits of creative endeavor don't depend on the quality of
the endeavor. It is the very act of creating that renews you. This is why
I am so passionate about encouraging people to paint or draw--to create--
regardless of whether or not they have "talent." I believe that any creative
endeavor pays magnificent benefits for the time invested. Not only does
it afford the simple, childlike satisfaction of playing with materials--
smearing paint, scribbling ideas and images, pounding with hammer and
nails--but it also helps us make connections and understand life a little better.


The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting
at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. I think getting
beyond the four edges of an opportunity or challenge is one
of the basic skills you need in business.

Thomas Kinkade was born in Sacramento, California on January 19th, 1958. He was raised in nearby Placerville, a small town in the former gold fields of the Sierra foothills. At the tender age of five, little Thomas Kinkade and his two siblings were left fatherless after their parent's divorce. They were impoverished and lived in the most run-down house on the street. His mother, Marianne, tried to make ends meet on her modest secretary's wage, but being a single working mom was a tough job. Often the three children came home to a dark empty house. Kinkade recalls, "There wasn't much stability." Despite the tough times, Thom's family encouraged his interest in art. Kinkade dreamt of the future and that someday, he would make his living as a painter and would have enough money to build a nice family home and not worry about paying the bills.

In Placerville, he was a boy with crayons, a kid who could draw. He was also the local newspaper delivery boy, an avid swimmer and loyal friend. As a child he constantly read biographies of artists, including those of painters and illustrators like Norman Rockwell, Maxwell Parrish and Howard Pyle. At age 11, he had his first "apprenticeship." Charles Bell, a local painter, instructed him in basic techniques. It was that year that he sold his first painting for $7.50. The woman who bought it remembered thinking at the time, I'd better hold onto this picture. In high school, Kinkade came face to face with twentieth-century modernism in the person of Glenn Wessels, a former professor in the art department at the University of California. Wessels encouraged Kinkade both to tie his art more directly to emotion (rather than observation alone) and to experiment with highly personal forms of expression.

He also influenced Kinkade's decision to attend the University of California at Berkley, where he enrolled in studio art and art history classes with a vision of himself as a counterculture nonconformist who would use his art to change and challenge convention. But Berkley in the 1970's gave Thom a culture shock of his own. He discovered he was indeed a nonconformist in his dislike of their system of art education. "My professors would say art should be all about you," Kinkade recalls. "That's a very self-centered approach." After two years of frustration, Thom decided it was time to move on and he transferred to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. The fierce competition with other students pushed him to an intensive development of techniques for creating effects of light and mood. His work at the Art Center helped him to get hired to paint backgrounds--700 of them--for Disney's Hollywood animation studios on the animated film Fire and Ice. After one year he decided to move on.

In 1982, Thom and his high school sweetheart, Nanette, were married in a small church in Placerville. The church became the subject of his painting "Blossom Hill Church." The young couple had moved back to their hometown and decided to go into business on their own. They began making limited edition prints of Thom's work out of their garage. Their first piece was Dawson, a beautiful tribute to early Alaska. Nanette helped to take orders and then pack and ship the prints from their garage. Immediately, they were a success and Dawson was a complete sellout. Light post publishing was born. The corporate philosophy of Light post remains the creation of art that will communicate with people and whose message "uplifts people." With help from investors he opened 10 galleries across the country to display and sell his artwork. By early 1998 he had more than 100, and has since tripled. The little boy with big dreams had grown to become the World's Most Collected Artist.

Kinkade passed away in 2012.



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