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Glory of Winter

Travel and art are two of my passions. And when a great adventure inspires an exciting work of art, it’s doubly delightful for me.

Nanette and I recently went on a skiing trip here Yosemite National Park, and it was this experience that inspired my Glory of Winter. This thrilling view of Bridal Veil Falls, thundering at the head of a Yosemite Valley blanketed in snow and blessed by an unaccustomed solitude is no figment of my imagination. It’s a faithful portrayal of a scene that Nanette and I were privileged to witness during an unforgettable ski adventure.

We stayed in a snug cabin in the winder-quiet park, strapped on our skis at the door, and set out into the pristine whiteness of the great valley. Suddenly, a brilliant bean of sunlight broke through the clouds, illuminating the distant falls and looming mountains as if in a spotlight. I was reminded that God truly is the great theatrical designer, the master of dramatic lighting, and the real author of Glory of Winter. I skied out into Yosemite Valley a second time – in moonlight. The effect was ethereal, haunting. I haven’t painted that scene yet, but I haven’t forgotten it either.

  • Glory of Winter is the third painting in Thomas Kinkade’s Moments of Glory Collection.
  • Thom takes a new perspective in Glory of Winter by capturing the magnificence of Bridal Veil Falls in the wintertime, when the snow clings to the trees and the rocks thus showcasing the light beautifully on the top of the mountain and in the water’s reflection.
  • The inspiration for Glory of Winter came from a skiing trip Thom and Nanette went on at Bridal Veil Falls.
Title Glory of Winter
Published October 1993
Subject Location Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite, California
Collection Moments of Glory III

Image Size

24" x 20"

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