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Blossom Hill Church

“After all, men build buildings, but only God’s love can build a church” ~ Thomas Kinkade

Blossom Hill Church is the first painting in my Country Church Collection. I have a fondness for all country churches – they seem such as charming accent amidst rolling hills and flowering hedges. Though I’m particularly attached to Blossom Hill Church, since within its weathered walls my wife and I were wed!

At one time, the Kinkade family even lived less than five miles from this mall country church in Coloma, California – which you may recognize as the location where the first discovery of gold was in California.

Blossom Hill Church is being released ten years after Nanette and I first said “I do;” and on the sign near the church reads “Rev. Merritt-Chandler” after our oldest daughter Merritt. I painted this scene in the early dusk so that evening worshippers could attend a nightly service in this picturesque garden chapel.

Rumors have it that the real parishioners want to re-create the garden to look exactly like the way I have painted Blossom Hill Church in this composition.

  • Blossom Hill Church is the first painting in Thomas Kinkade’s Country Church Collection.
  • Thom and Nanette were married in this very chapel depicted in Blossom Hill Church, and Thom even wrote on the church’s sign “Rev. Merritt-Chandler” after their eldest daughter Merritt.
  • Thom and Nanette renewed their vows for their twentieth anniversary in this same Blossom Hill Church where they were married in 1982.
  • Rumors are that the real parishioners of this church want to re-create the garden scene Thom depicted in Blossom Hill Church – as the actual church sits on a dry hillside.
  • The first discovery of gold in California was in the area of Coloma.
Title Blossom Hill Church
Painted 1991
Published January 1992
Collection Country Church I

Image Size

20" x 24"

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