Tribute To Thomas Kinkade 10 Reasons Why He Was A Magnificent Artist

       " The Summers Gate" Limited Edition"
" The Summers Gate" Limited Edition" | Source
             "San Francisco Lombard Street"
"San Francisco Lombard Street" | Source

Who Was Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade was a man who shared his heart and spiritual Art with millions. Taunted by media and mean spirited critics, lead Thomas down the path of relapse with alcoholism. His brother Patrick Kinkade is cited as stating, " As much as he said it didn't bother him, in his heart deep down inside it would sadden him that people would criticize so hatefully is work and vision when people didn't understand him."

Why is our World so cruel? Thomas Kinkade was Artist. He was not a kitsch-master, so why would the World of official Art reject him? Who are they to tell us what defines Art? There are many artists who will not be recognized for their talent all because a handful of people define themselves as being the hawk with the cutting-edge eye for Art.

        "Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream"
"Cinderella Wishes Upon A Dream" | Source

Memories of Thomas Kinkade

Two years ago while writing on Hubpages I desired to write about his artistic ability and his beautiful paintings. Many times I would research and contact the artist or photographers, asking permission to use their work on my articles. After watching the movie about his life, I began to look for a way to contact Kinkade and ask permission to use his work. I knew his "Painter of Light" had been copyrighted and was protected so placing it in my title was not permissible.

Being a writer it can be disheartening when someone steals your work; nonetheless your words. Low and behold one day I was able to send an e-mail directly to Thomas Kinkade. I figured there would not be a response because surely he was bombarded with e-mails. Praying I hoped he would give me permission to place some of his work on my article. A week passed and then two, finally when I opened an e-mail there were such warm words. He had granted permission for me to use several pictures from his gallery. I was elated! He asked that I send a link to my article once it was complete and I obliged.

In my hub he commented, " Tom 2 years ago Great article AEvans! I will have to learn more about this artist. What is meant by "chapter-and-verse-allusions"?

I replied, "Tom: It is Biblically speaking meaning that Thomas Kinkade creates the beauty of biblical verse through his paintings well it is my perception of the word that I used. Thomas Kinkade is an absolute inspiration and an artist like no other, when I look at his paintings I see Love, Light and God in them, each tells a story that stirs the soul. :)

With a private e-mail he thanked me for writing a beautiful article about who he was without using his copyrighted words. To me the greatest gift was the words that are placed in my article by a magnificent artist who is none other than 'Thomas Kinkade'.

              "Christmas Moonlight"
"Christmas Moonlight" | Source

Faith In God

No matter what in his daily life challenged him, he always had faith in God. It has always bothered me when people have judged others because of their transgressions. All of us are human and have flaws within ourselves, nobody is perfect that walks this Earth but God.

             Owner AEvans (Print)
Owner AEvans (Print) | Source


For thousands of years there have been many talented artists. The world will either love them or hate them. How many artists do you know that can see another dimension that nobody understands and paint it so beautifully?

Talented as he was there is not any comparison to other artists with the color blends he used. The exuberant and vibrant colors are beautifully orchestrated and illustrated. He was able to paint true beauty and light.

             " Cobblestone Bridge"
" Cobblestone Bridge" | Source


Who else can paint the World so magnificently? Bridges, Gazebos, Cottages, Landscapes to Disney he was able to depict the true beauty and serenity of each individual piece. If you wish for serenity or joy his art work will stir your soul.

Walking down my hallway when I pass a picture there is always tranquility that is instilled in each print or painting. After a hectic day I am drawn to the peacefulness of his art work. Besides 'Monet' , Kinkade was the only artist who has been able to capture life and see the beauty from within, while bringing it to life.

         "Thomas Kinkade"
"Thomas Kinkade" | Source


Vibrant and deep colors were a trademark of Thomas. Many have tried to create the same color palette but have failed horribly. One can always distinguish between a Kinkade and a fake. It also appears that many are trying to make a profit off of his work. Having a sincere passion for his Art, I could not imagine eliminating any of them from my collection.

            "Thomas Kinkade" A depiction of Heaven
"Thomas Kinkade" A depiction of Heaven | Source

Depicting Bible Verses

For Thomas one of his favorite subjects were to depict Bible verses. With grassy inclines or gated-images that lead you through faith. His work tells a story a person has to just take time to read the art.

Every painting has something that you are drawn too. Which includes hidden messages for his wife and daughters by hiding there initials throughout his work. You can look at it as a spiritual journey to find the missing link in your life.

        "Thomas Kinkade" Depicts yesteryear
"Thomas Kinkade" Depicts yesteryear | Source


Thom also believed that art had the power to change people's hearts and touch their lives. With his deep faith in God, he believed that God was the foundation of his work. When looking at his work God has flowed through every piece of work he has created. When we would put the brush to canvas, God gave him the gift to create heaven and earth through his eyes.

          "Home Is Where The Heart Is"             Kinkade Print
"Home Is Where The Heart Is" Kinkade Print | Source


Many of his paintings and prints depict nostalgia. A time and place when life was much simpler and life moved at a slower pace. People were friendly and your neighbors would lending a helping hand. Gone are the days of the neighbor boy mowing a lawn without charging a hefty price. Where have all the good deeds and kindness gone?

When you look at a Kinkade you can step back in time and yesteryear whispers in your ear. Memories flood your mind and there are moments when you can turn back time. Step inside a picture with your mind and the paintings will come to life as you listen to sounds and laughter of the past.

              "Christmas Memories"
"Christmas Memories" | Source


When Thomas Kinkade's parents divorced when he was 4-years old, it was uncommon for a single woman to raise children. Growing up in Placerville, California it was evident that he had talent and would develop himself to become an Artist. Thom was known to draw continually through his young age and it was the only thing that he felt gave him dignity through poverty and shame during those times. He was known as the kid who loved to draw.

By the time he was 16-years old he became an accomplished artist in oil and was guided by well-know artist Glen Wessels. Continuing his studies at the University of California at Berkley and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Traveling from California to New York with longtime friend James Gurney after graduation. Thom created magnificent sketches of the American landscape along the way. Manifesting the beauty and diversity of our Country.



The realms that were created through his work were of "tranquility, joy and beauty." With is sense of light, warm palettes and soft edges his intricate technique was similar to the 'Luminists' of the nineteenth century. The light-infused in his work gained him high recognition and population among millions. He had and will always continue to inspire many for years to come.

          "Thomas Kinkade"
"Thomas Kinkade" | Source


Thomas Kinkade had donated thousands of dollars toward charitable causes. He also spoke often to schools, civic groups and churches in California. His abundant community spirit and benevolence were honored in 1990 when we was presented with the 'Humanitarian of the year Award from his county Chamber of Commerce.

Thomas Kinkade's words will be forever etched in many memories and was quoted as saying, " I try to create paintings that are a window for the imagination. If people look at my work and are reminded of the way things once were or perhaps the way they could be, then I've done my job."

          Thomas Kinkade            1958- April 6, 2012
Thomas Kinkade 1958- April 6, 2012 | Source

For millions of homes he has given us beauty, joy and tranquility. He has defined what a real artist truly can be. An artist is one who shares with everyone their talent and makes it affordable for any individual who purchases their work.

The critics who say Thomas Kinkade was not an Artist should reconsider their words. He was a man who would not allow galleries or individuals to reap millions from his work once he was gone. When a person is a true collector of Art, they will not part with the precious pieces that adorn there home. They will not try to profit from someone who poured their heart and soul into their artwork.

When I look at my handful of pieces that I could afford or the coaster or mouse pad that are authenticated by Thomas Kinkade. His work to me is priceless. He may no longer be here on Earth but his God given gift will be enjoyed for years being passed from generation to generation. What a blessing he was to all of us and I am share God has welcome him with open arms.

These are my 10 reasons why Thomas Kinkade was a magnificent artist. Wouldn't it be nice to see him recognized for his artistic ability? With millions of households enjoying his art, one would think the Art critics would realize what defines a true Artist. Maybe one day I will own a Gazebo oil painting of his, that would be the greatest gift of all.

There is a joyful noise in heaven, either we believe there is another place or there is not. He painted the pathway to eternity for the entire world to see.

Copyright 2012


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pipmistress 4 years ago from Qatar

Beautiful paintings! Thanks for sharing about his works. voted up!

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

pipmistress: Are you quick? Thank you for reading about a wonderful artist!

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

This is a beautiful tribute to Thomas. Thank you for sharing his work, even if it's in the form of a screensaver. I like the Yosemite one on EBay! :-) Shared and pinned.

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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

Wow, what stunning pictures! I couldn't choose a favourite. Your hub instilled interest about an artist and his works as I had never heard of him.

Voted up and shared.

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pipmistress 4 years ago from Qatar

yes i am quick :-) but I am too late to know him. I wish I knew his paintings even before.

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Turtlewoman: You are welcome! I have not seen the Yosemite on EBay so that is one I will have to check out. :)

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

debbie roberts: Although Kinkade and Monet are my favorite artists of all-time, There was power, tranquility and light in his Artwork. Having it in your presence is priceless. :)

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

pipmistress: You are never to late to know Kinkade, his artwork is amazing! :)

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Teylina 4 years ago

His artwork is amazing. And I have to agree with you that who are "they" to say he wasn't an artist. I admit he was not my favorite, because most of him work did not speak to me as it did to you, but I understand your love for his work, and he deserves it. We're all different, and drawn to different works. There are few artists that have given off the sense of tranquility and home as he has, however. Great tribute. Thank you for writing it.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

It is heartbreaking to me how this man was treated by critics and news media. No wonder he drank! You are SO lucky to have paintings by him. I saw a news program this AM where a lady owns about 2,000 of his paintings. I wish I owned one! May he rest in peace away from all the critics. I volted this UP, etc.

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Teylina: I believe the Art critics should always take a consensus and see what the public likes. I am one who appreciates Art in all forms but they should not conduct or define what we see in our eyes as Art. :)

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

mary615: If you go on-line to the Thomas Kinkade Gallery you can also pick up a couple of his sketches that are authenticated. They are quite inexpensive and come in a frame. I have those too. Having those is just as wonderful as having an oil painting or print. 2,000 paintings is so many bless her for having that collection. She must have a large place to store them. :)

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Beautiful article about a well-loved artist! I truly enjoyed both the background on Thomas Kinkade and seeing photographs of so many of his works. Voted up, useful and beautiful!

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Teylina 4 years ago

AE I agree with you 100%! I didn't go back to see what I wrote, but I certainly did not mean to imply that was not correct. I have one sketch I fell in love with, and I have quite a few other treasures that may not be Kincaid, but one artist in particular has gone through a lot of the same criticism of Kincaid. I was agreeing that "they" as I said, meaning the critics. He should never have been left out of any recognition as an excellent artist. I probably miswrote (something I am doing too often these days!)sorry.

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Stephanie Henkel: He will always be admired and will be deeply missed. :)

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Teylina: I believe I wrote in misunderstanding. :( I wasn't implying that you were incorrect but that "they" the critics did not have any idea what they are talking about. So many Artists are raked over the coals by a group who believe they know what we like to collect. Maybe they should turn the votes to the public and see what happens. :)

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

AE, I am so glad you wrote this beautiful tribute. Your history with him is amazing; what a privilege for you, and for us, that you shared it with us, too.

I have always really appreciated Thomas Kinkade's work. He was so unique and he just embodied a love of beauty. I read his book when it came out many times over, because I found it so inspiring. He wrote about creativity and such deep and important things. Like his Saviour, Jesus, represented light but the world system rejected him.

Thanks for doing him justice, AE. I am sad he is gone but I agree that heaven now has a new joy from his presence. Blessing to you!

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Teylina 4 years ago

AE, that sounds like a great idea! I am glad you wrote this. Good tribute, and I think it's fantastic you got to talk w/him at all!

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

prairieprincess: He was so nice and I admire his work. I really feel blessed that is Art surrounds me. I could not imagine selling a single piece. Blessings to you too! :)

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Teylina: Maybe we should create a petition? Mmmm... It was wonderful for him to respond.:)

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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

One of the most talented artist of all time. Love all of his paintings.

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada


This is a wonderful tribute! Thomas Kinkade was a favorite of my mom and she had several pieces that were passed on to me and my sisters after she passed.

I tend not to listen to art critics any more than I listen to movie critics...I believe they end up putting themselves and their opinion before the art. Kinkade didn't deserve the bashing he got in the field.

This is an excellent Hub that reminds me of, both, Thomas Kinkade AND my mom!



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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I was shocked to read that Thomas Kinkade had passed away. I somehow missed it in the news. I had read he was a friendly man and your hub does him justice. You paint him as the talented artist he was. People loved him and his work, the critics...they never understand until its too late for the artist. This was a beautiful piece! Voted up, interesting and awesome. Thanks for SHARING your lovely paintings as well.

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Shyron E Shenko: Yes he was and always will be one of the most talented. :)

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

ThoughtSandwiches: I am honored to have brought back wonderful memories of your mom. I don't listen to art critics either. If I did I would probably have some unappealing art hanging in my home. I agree Kinkade did not deserve what they gave him. I believe jealous reared its ugly-head and because they felt they could not profit from him for a longtime after he was gone, they close the door. Millions of us will never let go of our collection, but then again we appreciate him as an Artist not a profit-maker. :)

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

tillsontitan: My collection is eclectic and they are not in sequence. There is something in each of them that has drawn me to his work. I also have a cottage print and a couple of sketches. Millions of us did and will always love his work. I am saddened by the loss of Kinkade I know that in my lifetime it will be hard to give anyone an opportunity to embrace there work like Kinkade. Glad you enjoyed. :)

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I love Thomas Kinkade with the big old homes in them. He had talent for sure. Loved this hub. We just did a Kinkade puzzle this winter it was so pretty when it was finished. Voted Up

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

moonlake: Those homes were beautiful and many were not created in his mind. He would travel and take pictures, then apply his heart, soul and mind in them. Wrapping them in a World of beauty. :)

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Trish_M 4 years ago from The English Midlands

Hi :)

I didn't know that he had died.

I used to love to visit our local Thomas Kincade gallery. The way those paintings glowed in the darkness was amazing.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

AEvans, I share your admiration and I enjoyed this beautiful piece about Thomas Kinkade. I have always wanted to own one of his prints. Now I have a jigsaw puzzle of one of his paintings, stuck together and nicely framed. Even in the picture, anyone can see the great artistic ability of "The Painter of Light." I also own a Bible with his illustrations, and commentaries by his wife. Bless him, Bless them!

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Trish M: He passed away at 54 years old on April 6th. He was young and as you know his art was breathtaking. :)

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

MsDora: His prints are really not expensive and they are just as beautiful as the oil painting. I am sure the jigsaw puzzle is beautiful to and that did take time to complete. I agree that anyone can distinguish his work from so many. Thank you for a warm and wonderful comment. :)

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago


There are no words to express our gratitude for raising Thomas status from Artist to a SAINT. You have proven with these pictures, that Thomas was another Angel in disguise. As good as he was, he was also vilified and put down. But alas! when you suffer our Lord's pain inflicted by humans, that's when you reach his Glory. May Thomas rest in peace, and... perhaps is already painting in canvas the paradise that we will see on the Book of life.

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

lord de cross: Wonderfully stated! The Book of Life could be there, we just have to look closely. :)

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sofs 4 years ago

I have always loved his painting and was so happy to receive a print of his painting from a friend on my birthday. He is the master of lights and shadows and the colors that he uses.. are like none other.. his paintings are fantasies come true. Thanks for sharing this. God Bless!

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

sofs: He is wonderful isn't he? What an exquisite artist gone to soon. :)

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

My mother in law is a huge fan of Thomas Kinkade and has several of his prints. He does such beautiful work. Enjoyed your tribute to him and I must share this with my mother in law.

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Just Ask Susan: He is my all time-favorite in this Century, your mother has impeccable taste when it comes to Art. Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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mours sshields 4 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

I absolutely love Thomas Kincade's art work! Vwry talented and gifted! Some of his art work looks like it comes straight from heaven!

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

mours: I believe it did come straight from heaven and I have always will love Thomas Kinkade beauty! :)

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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

I love all Thomas Kincade's paintings, thank you for sharing his gift to you in words.

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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Shyron: He was and always will be an amazing artist. He will be deeply missed and quite iconic to all of us who have loved him. :)

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