In the very beginning of his artistic career, Thomas Kinkade put his entire life savings into the printing of his first lithograph. Inspired not by fame and fortune, Thom found his purpose in the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most.
Thomas Kinkade the artist was also a devout and loving family man. It was this devotion that inspired him to include his family in his paintings. Among the many symbols Thom included, he often added hidden “N’s” to represent the name of his lovely wife Nanette. Thom also celebrated the birth of each of his four daughters by painting adoring images in commemoration.
Though the recipient of countless awards and honors, it was Thom’s profound sense of purpose that his art was not just an accessory, but also a ministry, that continues on as his legacy. Over the years he shared his joy and used his paints in support of hospitals, schools, and humanitarian relief.
Thom’s dearest wish had always been that his artwork would be a messenger of hope and inspiration to others – a message to slow down, appreciate the little details in life, and to look for beauty in the world around us. As millions of collectors around the world sit back and enjoy his artwork in their homes, there is no doubt that the Painter of Light™ had indeed achieved his goal of Sharing the Light™.