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A Winter’s Cottage

As I look back over my development as an artist, I come to realize how important the trip Nanette and I and our two oldest girls made to the English Cotswolds early in our marriage really was to my self-discovery.

The rustic charm of the thatch-roofed cottages like A Winter’s Cottage, the solidity of their massive stone walls, the way a golden, welcoming light poured through their ample windows – it all came to represent “the simple life” for me, long before I began to use that phrase to express my philosophy of living.

I varied my painting technique on that trip as well. I’ve come to recognize that A Winter’s Cottage is one of my early examples of my Impressionist style. It may even be said that my Impressionist persona Robert Girrard, made his first appearance in the English countryside.

I painted Nanette and Merritt posing in the snowy yard. They are embolden nearby by A Winter’s Cottage to face the bracing challenge of the storm. The comfort and security of family life allow one to embrace the tests the world offers with courage and spirit.

  • In A Winter’s Cottage, Thomas Kinkade painted his wife Nanette and their oldest daughter Merritt, posing in the snowy yard.
  • For Thom, A Winter’s Cottage represents “the simple life” and is a great example of his Impressionistic painting technique.
  • A Winter’s Cottage is one of the beautiful collection of Impressionistic images in Thom’s Robert Girrard Collection.
  • For a period of six years, Thom painted under the brush name of Robert Girrard from 1984 to 1989: “I wanted to reinvent academic styles – implementing my own use of light. Impressionism was an avenue that beckoned that pursuit.”
Title A Winter's Cottage
Published October 2006
Subject Location Cotswolds, England
Collection Robert Girrard Collection
Classification Robert Girrard

Image Sizes

16" x 20"
24" x 30"

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