Twenty-five years have passed since Thom and his bride, Nanette, put their entire savings into his first lithograph printing in 1984. Thom found that he was inspired not by fame and fortune, but by the simple act of painting straight from the heart, putting on canvas the natural wonders and images that moved him most. It is this devotion and singular-minded focus on the ultimate goal of Sharing the Light™ that has made Thomas Kinkade, a simple boy with a brush from the hill-country town of Placerville, the most-collected living artist in the world.
Over the years he has shared his joy and used his paints in support of hospitals, schools, and humanitarian relief. Though the recipient of countless awards and honors, it is Thom's profound sense of purpose that his art is not just an accessory, but a ministry, that will be his legacy in the years to come. From custom images that were sold to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for The Salvation Army®, Hurricane Katrina relief, Rotary International® and many more to donations that now grace the halls of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, the White House, The Vatican, Britain's Tate Museum and more.
Thomas Kinkade emphasizes simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art - and the branded products created from that art. From textiles, to collectibles, to music and books, Thom gives credit to a higher power for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings. His goal as an artist is to touch people of all faiths, to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he creates.
Thom's dearest wish has 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 Thomas Kinkade, the most popular living artist in history, has indeed achieved his goal of Sharing the Light™.