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Thomas Kinkade: The 'Painter of Light' Talks About his Relationship with The Light of the World (Gos

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He says of his salvation experience and the impact that it had on his work, "I became a Christian in 1980, when I was about 22 years old, and I would say that when I was saved, my art got saved. It was then that a very interesting transition began in my life. I started to see the characteristic of light begin to develop within my work. The darkness was leaving and the light was beginning to break forth. For example, my paintings, prior to that time, were very much self-defining and idiosyncratic. They were very much my own expression. I had little interest in how my art affected other people. In fact, my college professors would constantly make the point that one’s art is all about one's self. It doesn't matter if someone else understands or likes it. It doesn't matter if they purchase it. All that matters is you.' It was art as self-expression, as opposed to any concern for, or consciousness of an audience, or any desire to impact other people. When I became a Christian, I began to challenge that notion..."

He credited the Lord for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings. He says, "My goal is to touch all people, to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images I create and I see my art as a ministry tool to share Jesus Christ with the masses."His name is Thomas Kinkade.

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