Thomas Kinkade Bio

Thomas Kinkade, American (1958 - 2012)

Thomas Kinkade was born in 1958 and grew up in Placerville, California. By the age of 16, Thomas Kinkade was an accomplished painter in oil under the apprenticeship of the well-known artist Glen Wessels.

He cstudied at the University of California, Berkeley and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He and a fellow artist had "The Artist Guide to Sketching" published in 1982. He then began painting background art for the animated feature film, Fire and Ice. After this work, he began his career as a painter. It was during this period that he acquired his moniker as the The Painter of Light. He began 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.

Thomas Kinkade was extremely generous, often using his art talents to create special commemorative prints, raising tens of thousands of dollars for charitable causes. Kinkade also frequently spoke to civic, school and church groups in California. In fact, Kinkade's abundant benevolence and community spirit were honored in 1990, when he received the Humanitarian of the Year award from his county Chamber of Commerce.

Thomas Kinkade passed away on April 6, 2012


"A Quiet Evening" Serigraph/Canvas by Thomas Kinkade

Title: "A Quiet Evening"

Medium: Serigraph/Canvas

Unframed Size: 25" x 29"

Framed Size: 33" x 39"

Retail Price: $1,900.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,750.00 - Framed

"Everett's Cottage" Serigraph/Canvas by Thomas Kinkade

Title: "Everett's Cottage"

Medium: Serigraph/Canvas

Unframed Size: 20" x 24"

Framed Size: 29" x 33"

Retail Price: $1,200.00 - Unframed

Asking Price: $1,200.00 - Framed