Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade


The highest use of our talents is not just self-expression or self-promotion, it is taking that talent and making it a platform to enrich the life experience of other human beings.


By Roadtrip Nation

Thomas Kinkade


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in Placerville, California.
For college, I went to the University of California, Berkeley, for two years before transferring to the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.
After college, I travelled with a friend across the United States—our travels brought us to New York where we landed a contract to create a sketching handbook.
Our book “The Artist’s Guide to Sketching” gained a lot of attention and the success led to us working with Ralph Bakshi Studios, where we created the background art for the film “Fire and Ice.”
The film gave me my career start—from then on, I’ve made a name for myself as a painter, creating original idyllic and romantic paintings.



I'm a fine artist specializing in painting.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Start creating something and share it with people! The opportunities to become part of the creative class are more diverse than ever. My message for people coming out of college and looking out at the world is this: create as much as you can in as many ways as you can with as much energy as you can to touch the lives of as many people as you can for as long as you can.


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You're a sellout."