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The Mountains Declare His Glory

After completing my recent Plein Air study of Yosemite Valley, the mountains’ majesty refused to leave me. Even before I returned home, I had a powerful sense that I hadn’t completed my mission; that I’d left something undone. A powerful insight struck me as I carried the canvas to my car: these mountains are nothing less than an image of God’s grace. So returning to my studio, I used my Yosemite Valley study as a foundation for a major studio composition, The Mountains Declare His Glory.

I began to imagine how it might feel to live in perfect harmony with such grandeur, to be literally a part of the valley. When my family wandered through the national park visitor center, I discovered a key to my fantasy – a recreation of a Miwok Indiana Village, complete with wigwams woven of redwood bark. Here was an unobtrusive human presence, utterly at home amidst the splendors of God’s creation.

When I retured to my studio, I began work on The Mountains Declare His Glory, a poetic expression of what I felt at that transforming moment of inspiration when I entered an immortal scene and made it my own. Because I felt that the valley was, in a sense, a projection screen on which the drama of God’s sunset is heightened, I intensified the lavish colors in my painting. To look on this valley is truly to glimpse the face of God. As a final touch, I even added a Miwok Indian Camp along the river as an affirmation that man has his place, even in a setting touched by God’s glory.

  • Thomas Kinkade has hidden eight N’s in The Mountains Declare His Glory to honor his lovely wife Nanette.
  • In order to capture the beauty of Yosemite, Thom created an artist study on location before returning to his studio to create The Mountains Declare His Glory.
  • The Mountains Declare His Glory was inspired by a trip to Yosemite Thom took with his family.
  • In this painting, Thom has added a Miwok Indian Camp to symbolize the partnership between man and nature.
  • The title The Mountains Declare His Glory is a perfect name for this painting. The pristine, natural setting and the magnificent mountains of Yosemite truly declare the glory of the Creator.
  • The Mountains Declare His Glory features a muted palette of colors – a departure from Thom’s characteristic choice of vivid colors.
Title The Mountains Declare His Glory
Published May 2000
Subject Location Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite, California

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