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Hometown Morning

I think that in my Hometown Memories Collection, I’ve established – at least to my own satisfaction – that you can go home again. Perhaps not with a boy’s innocence and enthusiasm, but certainly with an adult’s fond memories and deep appreciation for the gifts of community, of belonging, of shared values and dreams that are the essence of the hometown experience. Hometown Morning is the sixth and final look at the hometown of my boyhood – and, I hope, at some of the things you remember most warmly about your hometown as well.

In this series of works we have revisited my favorite places: town square, the quiet lanes and busy street corners, the country chapel, and the stone bridge. These were the stages on which the drama of my youth played out with all the joy and high spirits and occasional heartaches that a passionate young man brings to living.

I was a newspaper delivery boy so I knew the morning rhythms of my town, and how well I remember some of the characters who gave my hometown its character. They live on – in my memory and now in my art. My newspaper route took me into the heart of my hometown and introduced me to the infinite variety of human experience. Though Hometown Morning will be the last work in my Hometown Memories Collection, I see it as a beginning rather than an end. After all, I met my future wife Nanette while on my paper route. And for me, that was the beginning of all good things!

  • Thomas Kinkade has hidden twelve N’s in Hometown Morning to honor his lovely wife and childhood sweetheart, Nanette; but also pays tribute to his daughter Winsor by featuring her name and birthday on a mailbox in this painting.
  • The paperboy being chased by a neighborhood dog is a teenage version of Thom on his Sunday morning route. The newspaper that teenage Thom is delivering is called the “Daily Beacon.”
  • Notice the clever license plates on the vintage automobiles in Hometown Morning. One of them features the initials and birthday of his charming wife Nanette, and the other features Thom’s website.
  • While working on Hometown Morning, Thom recalled some of the people he knew back in his childhood. There was Mrs. Reece, who always offered Thom her delicious cookies that would melt in your mouth; Big Jim who had the best Christmas display on the block; and Pete who owned the barbershop around the corner who always told the best stories.
  • The man driving the car and smoking a pipe bears a striking resemblance to Norman Rockwell, a famous artist who is greatly admired by Thom.
  • Hometown Morning is the sixth and final addition to Thom’s nostalgic Hometown Memories Collection.
Title Hometown Morning
Published March 2000
Subject Location Placerville, California
Collection Hometown Memories VI

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24" x 30"
25½" x 34"
30" x 40"

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