Thomas Kinkade (1958 – 2012) was an American painter who focused on and is famous for painting spiritual countrysides and idealistic country villages and seashores, illuminated with something that easily transcends the study of ordinary light and shadows found as a study in other artists.
There is something dramatic here when that light starts moving across his canvas. Objects seem to have an inner glow whenever that brightness rolls across them.
Also known as the 'painter of light', his work has a realistic depth that's hard to match in the 20th Century. J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851), a painter from the last century, also carried that description in respect to his paintings. Monet and the impressionists also made a study of light but Kinkade seems to be able to target his subjects, almost brushing against another world in carrying out his ideas. I have a friend here in Sebringville who is comforted by his paintings.
This print is titled 'Garden of Prayer', where we find grounds that are cultivated by way of a garden that reaches down towards a small moving brook. The tree branches above the gazebo seem to be pointing towards a series of small waterfalls towards the centre of the painting and which then disappears into a misty forest beyond.
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Unframed: 11 1/2" x 13 1/4"