Collecting fine art is about so much more than what you can get at a glance. While all kinds of artwork can grab your attention, it takes an exceptional piece to keep it. Our collectors are rewarded for their time spent with their Limited Editions in so many ways.
We’ve put together just a few of the secrets in Thomas Kinkade’s paintings to pique your interest and encourage you to stop by our California galleries and see these masterworks for yourself.
Hidden Tributes To Nanette
Whether you collect our cottages, lighthouses, or are a Disney fan, you may have heard of the Thomas Kinkade hidden letter N in some of his work. Hiding the letter N was just one way Thom paid tribute to his wife, Nanette.
- Morro Bay at Sunset – features a boat named Nan and 7 hidden N’s.
- Nanette’s Cottage – features a boat with Nanette’s childhood teddy bear inside.
- Autumn on Mackinac Island – Nan’s Fudge Shop is a tribute to Nanette’s famous fudge recipe.
- Home for the Evening– the number “5282” on the mailbox is a tribute to May 2, 1982, when Thom and Nanette were married.
- Carmel, Ocean Avenue on a Rainy Afternoon – Nanette is featured riding her bicycle.
Fine Art Surprises For The Girls
Nanette wasn’t the only one Thom showed love to in his fine art. He painted a cottage or manor painting for each of his three girls. Many of his California paintings and Christmas works also featured his children.
- Morro Bay at Sunset– a boat with the name Merritt.
- Home for the Holidays– Merritt’s name adorns the mailbox to the right of the sleigh.
- Carmel, Ocean Avenue on a Rainy Afternoon – Merritt’s name is on a sign.
- Evening at Merritt’s Cottage
- Winsor Manor
- Everett’s Cottage
- Chandler’s Cottage
Paintings Featuring Thomas Kinkade
Sometimes, in addition to Nanette and the girls and sometimes all on his own, Thomas Kinkade painted himself into his idyllic scenes, and who could blame him? If you own or collect Kinkade California-themed artworks especially, don’t be surprised if that sidewalk artist, moped rider, or Harley driver looks a little familiar.
- Paris, City of Lights – includes Thom (in the red beret), painting the Café Nanette. Nanette holds baby Chandler as she hails a cab, and Merritt looks on.
- The Heart of San Francisco – Thom is posed astride his vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
- A Holiday Gathering – Thomas Kinkade, Nanette Kinkade, and their dog, Toby, stroll along the sidewalk.
- Carmel, Sunset on Ocean Avenue – Merritt and Chandler are in the blue convertible. Nanette crosses the street with Windsor and Everett. Nanette is also on a bike, admiring Thom at work.
- Carmel, Dolores Street And The Tuck Box Tea Room — Thom and Nanette on the moped.
Tributes To The Painter Of Light™
Thomas Kinkade Studios artists can’t help but tip their hats in a painterly way to the founder and man who started it all. Look closely at signs and mailboxes. A careful study of your new release might just uncover a hidden K, TK, or iconic favorite of Thom’s like Dogwood trees, light posts, and cobblestone bridges.
- Hummingbird Cottage – features a sign with “Est. 1958,” the year of Thom’s birth.
- Mickey and Minnie — Sweetheart Café – features an iconic Thomas Kinkade Dogwood tree. A small sign has the initials “TK” engraved on it.
- Mickey and Minnie — Sweetheart Holiday – features an iconic Thomas Kinkade cobblestone bridge. A mailbox has the initials “TK” engraved on it.
- Hometown Firehouse – a “K” is on the firehouse, and there are three traditional Kinkade light posts.
- Liberty Lane Cottage – a “TK” is seen on the mailbox.
Uncover An Easter Egg Of Your Own
You don’t have to take our word for it. Stop by our Thomas Kinkade galleries in Carmel, Monterey, and Placerville, California today. Our friendly Art Consultants can help you find Limited Edition paintings with special touches like these to display in your home.