Kinkade in 2005
|Born||William Thomas Kinkade III
January 19, 1958
Sacramento, California, US
|Died||April 6, 2012
Monte Sereno, California
|Education||Art Center College of Design, Pasadena|
I was always the kid who could draw. I had this talent, and it was the one thing that gave me some kind of dignity in the midst of my personal environment.
I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney, in that I really like to make people happy.
I remember my mom had a big collection of copies of Saturday Evening Post magazines, and that was really my introduction to those great illustrators.
People who put my paintings on their walls are putting their values on their walls: faith, family, home, a simpler way of living, the beauty of nature, quiet, tranquillity, peace, joy, hope. They beckon you into this world that provides an alternative to your nightly news broadcast.
Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage.
With whatever talent and resources I have, I'm trying to bring light to penetrate the darkness many people feel.