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Thomas Kinkade Timeline

Thomas Kinkade was born - Thomas Kinkade Studios
1958

Thomas Kinkade was born

Thomas Kinkade was born on January 19, 1958 in the small town of Placerville, California.

Thomas Kinkade was born

Thomas Kinkade was born - Thomas Kinkade Studios
Thomas Kinkade Glenn Wessels
1972

Began apprenticeship with Glenn Wessels

Thom began working with Glenn Wessels, an artist and former professor in the Art Department at the University of California.

Began apprenticeship with Glenn Wessels

Thomas Kinkade Glenn Wessels
Art Center
1978

Art Center College of Design

Thom transferred to the Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design

Art Center
Thomas Kinkade Prince of Peace
1980

The Prince of Peace

Thom paints The Prince of Peace after being inspired to find Christ and become a true Christian.

The Prince of Peace

Thomas Kinkade Prince of Peace
Thomas and Nanette Kinkade
1982

Marriage to Nanette

Thom married childhood sweetheart, Nanette.

Marriage to Nanette

Thomas and Nanette Kinkade
The Artist's Guide to Sketching
1982

The Artist's Guide to Sketching

Co-authored “The Artist’s Guide to Sketching” with James Gurney

The Artist's Guide to Sketching

The Artist's Guide to Sketching
Dawson - Thomas Kinkade Studios
1984

Dawson

Published first print - Dawson

Dawson

Dawson - Thomas Kinkade Studios
Robert Girrard
1985

Robert Girrard

Painted under the brush name of Robert Girrard, allowing him to experiment in style and subject matter using the techniques of French Impressionists

Robert Girrard

Robert Girrard
Evening at Merritt's Cottage
1988

Birth of Daughter, Merritt Kinkade

Daughter, Merritt Kinkade is born, and Thom paints Evening at Merritt’s Cottage as a tribute to his first born.

Birth of Daughter, Merritt Kinkade

Evening at Merritt's Cottage
Yosemite Valley, Late Afternoon Light at Artist's Point
1989

Yosemite Valley, Late Afternoon Light at Artist's Point

Yosemite Valley, Late Afternoon Light at Artist’s Point is named the official print of the National Parks System. Thomas Kinkade is the only American artist to win two Founder's Awards from the National Parks Academy for the Arts.

Yosemite Valley, Late Afternoon Light at Artist's Point

Yosemite Valley, Late Afternoon Light at Artist's Point
1990 Lightpost Publishing Catalog
1990

Created Lightpost Publishing

Thomas Kinkade founded Lightpost Publishing

Created Lightpost Publishing

1990 Lightpost Publishing Catalog
The Rotary Club Meeting
1990

The Rotary Club Meeting

Named first Official Artist for Rotary International, and painted The Rotary Club Meeting with all proceeds going to Rotary International's various charities.

The Rotary Club Meeting

The Rotary Club Meeting
Chandler's Cottage
1991

Birth of Daughter, Chandler Kinkade

Daughter, Chandler Kinkade is born, and Thom paints Chandler's Cottage in tribute to his second-born.

Birth of Daughter, Chandler Kinkade

Chandler's Cottage
Moonlit Sleigh Ride
1992

First NALED Honor

The National Association of Limited Edition Dealers honors Thom for the first time as the NALED Graphic/Lithograph of the Year for Moonlit Sleigh Ride.

First NALED Honor

Moonlit Sleigh Ride
Glory of Evening
1993

Glory of Evening

Thomas Kinkade wins the Collector Editions' Award for Excellence for Glory of Evening.

Glory of Evening

Glory of Evening
Glory of Morning
1993

Glory of Morning

Thomas Kinkade wins the Collector Editions' Award for Excellence for Glory of Morning.

Glory of Morning

Glory of Morning
The End of a Perfect Day
1993

The End of a Perfect Day

The End of a Perfect Day is named NALED Graphic/Lithograph of the Year.

The End of a Perfect Day

The End of a Perfect Day
1994 Naled Artist of the Year
1994

NALED Artist of the Year

The National Association of Limited Edition Dealers honors Thom for the first time as the NALED Artist of the Year.

NALED Artist of the Year

1994 Naled Artist of the Year
The End of a Perfect Day II
1994

The End of a Perfect Day II

The End of a Perfect Day II is named NALED Graphic/Lithograph of the Year and wins the Collector Editions' Award of Excellence.

The End of a Perfect Day II

The End of a Perfect Day II
Winsor Manor
1995

Birth of Daughter, Winsor Kinkade

Daughter, Winsor Kinkade is born, and in tribute, Thomas paints Winsor Manor.

Birth of Daughter, Winsor Kinkade

Winsor Manor
1995 Naled Graphic Artist of the Year
1995

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

The National Association of Limited Edition Dealers honor Thom for the first time as NALED Graphic Artist of the Year.

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

1995 Naled Graphic Artist of the Year
The End of a Perfect Day III
1995

The End of a Perfect Day III

The End of a Perfect Day III is named NALED Graphic/Lithograph of the Year.

The End of a Perfect Day III

The End of a Perfect Day III
1996 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
1996

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year.

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

1996 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
Lamplight Bridge
1996

Lamplight Bridge

Lamplight Bridge is named NALED Graphic/Lithograph of the Year.

Lamplight Bridge

Lamplight Bridge
Everett's Cottage
1997

Birth of Daughter, Everett Kinkade

Daughter, Everett Kinkade, is born, and Thom paints Everett's Cottage in tribute.

Birth of Daughter, Everett Kinkade

Everett's Cottage
The Light of Peace
1997

The Light of Peace

The Light of Peace is named NALED Graphic/Lithograph of the Year.

The Light of Peace

The Light of Peace
1997 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
1997

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year.

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

1997 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
1997 VFW Award
1997

Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander in Chief Award

Thomas Kinkade receives the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander in Chief Award.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander in Chief Award

1997 VFW Award
1998 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
1998

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year.

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

1998 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
Gardens Beyond Spring Gate
1998

Gardens Beyond Spring Gate

Gardens Beyond Spring Gate is named NALED Graphic Print/Lithograph of the Year.

Gardens Beyond Spring Gate

Gardens Beyond Spring Gate
1999 NALED Artist of the Year
1999

NALED Artist of the Year

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Artist of the Year.

NALED Artist of the Year

1999 NALED Artist of the Year
Forest Chapel
1999

Forest Chapel

Forest Chapel is named NALED Graphic Print/Lithograph of the Year.

Forest Chapel

Forest Chapel
Thomas Kinkade World Vision
1999

World Vision Fundraising

Thom and his family visit Guatemala to see first-hand the needs of Guatemalan children. Thom sells an Open Edition of Bridge of Faith to raise money for World Vision, generating enough to build a library and medical center in Guatamala.

World Vision Fundraising

Thomas Kinkade World Vision
1998 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
1999

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year.

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

1998 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
Thomas Kinkade - Pope John Paul II
2000

Visit with Pope John Paul II

Thomas Kinkade visits the Vatican in Rome, and has an audience with Pope John Paul II.

Visit with Pope John Paul II

Thomas Kinkade - Pope John Paul II
Bill and Hillary Clinton
2000

National Christmas Tree and Visit with Bill and Hillary Clinton

Thomas Kinkade is chosen to paint the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. for the annual Pageant of Peace, and painted The Lights of Liberty.

National Christmas Tree and Visit with Bill and Hillary Clinton

Bill and Hillary Clinton
Light of Freedom
2001

September 11th - The Light of Freedom

Thom pays tribute to the tragedy on September 11, 2001, creating The Light of Freedom, with proceeds benefitting the victims and their families.

September 11th - The Light of Freedom

Light of Freedom
Thomas Kinkade The Season of Giving
2001

September 11th - The Season of Giving

Thom paints The Season of Giving for the Salvation Army. The proceeds of this painting along with The Light of Freedom raised over $2M for the Salvation Army's Ground Zero relief fund for the victims of the September 11th tragedy and their families.

September 11th - The Season of Giving

Thomas Kinkade The Season of Giving
The Light of Freedom
2001

The Light of Freedom

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year and The Light of Freedom is named NALED Graphic/Lithograph of the Year.

The Light of Freedom

The Light of Freedom
Olympic Mountain Evening
2002

Official Artist of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

Thom is selected to commemorate the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and paints Olympic Mountain Evening.

Official Artist of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

Olympic Mountain Evening
Official Artist of the World Series - Thomas Kinkade Studios
2002

Official Artist of the World Series

Thom is chosen to commemorate the 2002 World Series, and paints World Series, San Francisco and World Series, Anaheim.

Official Artist of the World Series

Official Artist of the World Series - Thomas Kinkade Studios
Habitat for Humanity Fundraising - Thomas Kinkade Studios
2002

Habitat for Humanity Fundraising

All proceeds from Thom's limited edition lithograph Hometown Pride are given to Habitat for Humanity to support its home building efforts.

Habitat for Humanity Fundraising

Habitat for Humanity Fundraising - Thomas Kinkade Studios
2002

World Children's Center Humanitarian Award

Thomas Kinkade receives the World Children's Center Humanitarian Award for his contributions to improving the welfare of children and their families.

World Children's Center Humanitarian Award

2002 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
2002

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year.

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

2002 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
Hometown Pride
2002

Hometown Pride

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year and Hometown Pride is named NALED Graphic Print/Lithograph of the Year.

Hometown Pride

Hometown Pride
2002 California Tourism Hall of Fame
2002

California Tourism Hall of Fame

Thomas Kinkade is inducted into the California Tourism Hall of Fame at the California Conference on Tourism.

California Tourism Hall of Fame

2002 California Tourism Hall of Fame
2003

National Spokesman for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Thomas Kinkade is chosen to be the National Spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

National Spokesman for Make-A-Wish Foundation

2003 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
2003

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year.

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

2003 NALED Graphic Artist of the Year
2004

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

NALED honors Thomas Kinkade as Graphic Artist of the Year.

NALED Graphic Artist of the Year

2004 Make A Wish Cottage
2004

Make-A-Wish-Foundation Fundraising

Thom raises over $750,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and grants 12 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Make-A-Wish-Foundation Fundraising

2004 Make A Wish Cottage
Symbols of Freedom
2004

Symbols of Freedom

Thomas Kinkade is chosen to paint the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. for the annual Pageant of Peace, and painted Symbols of Freedom.

Symbols of Freedom

Symbols of Freedom
Points of Light Foundation
2005

Points of Light Foundation

Thom is named Ambassador of Light for the Points of Light Foundation established by President George H.W. Bush. Thom raises $1M for the foundation, $600,000 of which is given to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Points of Light Foundation

Points of Light Foundation
Disneyland 50th Anniversary
2005

Disneyland, 50th Anniversary

Thomas Kinkade is chosen to celebrate Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, creating a painting of the same name.

Disneyland, 50th Anniversary

Disneyland 50th Anniversary
2006 Thomas Kinkade Israel
2006

Visit to Jerusalem

Thom visits Jerusalem and is inspired to paint the Impressions of Israel Collection.

Visit to Jerusalem

2006 Thomas Kinkade Israel
Graceland, 50th Anniversary
2007

Graceland, 50th Anniversary

Thomas Kinkade develops a partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, painting Graceland, 50th Anniversary to celebrate Elvis Presley's iconic home.

Graceland, 50th Anniversary

Graceland, 50th Anniversary
Elegant Evening at Biltmore
2007

Elegant Evening at Biltmore

Elegant Evening at Biltmore was painted in collaboration with The Biltmore Estate, after a Thomas Kinkade collector nominated this historical estate to be the subject of Thom's painting.

Elegant Evening at Biltmore

Elegant Evening at Biltmore
Yankee Stadium
2007

Yankee Stadium

Thom is chosen by Major League Baseball to be the artist for the farewell portrait of Yankee Stadium, and he paints Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium
Fenway Park
2007

Fenway Park and Yawkee Way

To commemorate the historic 2007 World Series, Thom paints Fenway Park and Yawkey Way.

Fenway Park and Yawkee Way

Fenway Park
Christmas Cottage
2007

Release of Christmas Cottage Movie and Artwork

An inspirational movie, Christmas Cottage, depicting the early life of Thomas Kinkade is released, along with a painting of the same name.

Release of Christmas Cottage Movie and Artwork

Christmas Cottage
NASCAR Thunder
2008

NASCAR Thunder

Thom commemorates the 50th Daytona 500 with the painting, NASCAR THUNDER, The 50th Running of the DAYTONA 500.

NASCAR Thunder

NASCAR Thunder
2008 Walt Disney Thomas Kinkade Partnership
2008

Partnership with the Walt Disney Company

Thomas Kinkade partners with the Walt Disney Company to begin painting the Disney Dreams Collection.

Partnership with the Walt Disney Company

2008 Walt Disney Thomas Kinkade Partnership
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2009

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 100th Anniversary Study and Indy Excitement: 100 Years of Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Thom commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 100th Anniversary Study and Indy Excitement: 100 Years of Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 100th Anniversary Study and Indy Excitement: 100 Years of Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
San Francisco Giants
2010

San Francisco Giants, It's Our Time

Thom paints AT&T Park in San Francisco Giants, It's Our Time to commemorate the San Francisco Giant's 1st World Series Win.

San Francisco Giants, It's Our Time

San Francisco Giants
Gone With The Wind
2011

Gone With The Wind

Thom commemorates the American classic film favorite, Gone With The Wind with his painting of the same name.

Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind
A Century of Racing
2011

A Century of Racing

Thom celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 with A Century of Racing! The 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

A Century of Racing

A Century of Racing
Thomas Kinkade Memorial
2012

In Memoriam

Celebrated American Artist Thomas Kinkade passes away, leaving behind a legacy that will continue on for generations.

In Memoriam

Thomas Kinkade Memorial