Artist Presentation | Shannen Pickens
Thomas Kinkade was born in Sacremento California, in January of 1958. He is known for oil painting luminous landscapes. He has described himself as the "Painter of Light" and is one of America's most collected living artist. It is estimated that 1 of 10 homes in the United States feature some form of Kinkade art.
Kinkade grew up in the small town of Placerville, California and began painting at the age of 6 when his parents divorced. Kinkade said that at this time, life was so chaotic that all he felt he had was his art. His technique quickly developed and by the age of 16, Kinkade was an extremely accomplished oil painter. He Attended the University of California-Berkley but dropped out two years later to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After College, he began writing a book called "The Artist Guide to Sketching". The success of that book got him a job doing 600 background images for the 1983 movie "Fire and Ice". It was there that he began experimenting with light depiction and imagined worlds. He began earning his living as a painter selling his originals in California.
Thomas Kinkade is known as a Luminist painter and uses glowing highlights and saturated pastel colors to create a radiant quality of light within his works. The glow he depicts is said to represent his faith and devout christianity. He wants his paintings to emphasize the value of simple pleasures, and communicate inspirational life affirming messages. He wants the viewers to look at things not as what they are, but what they could be.