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Old Watchmaker

As a mature artist, I seldom paint portraits, preferring to consider human personality through its cultural expressions Рhome, family, village scenes, and cityscapes.

But character studies like Old Watchmaker confirm that this was not always the case. Early in my career, I was fascinated by intimate descriptions of the human spirit – much in the manner of my artistic heroes Titan and Rembrandt.

My Old Watchmaker painted in oil when I was in my early twenties and just learning my craft, is a warm portrayal of a human-type that was dear to my painter’s heart, but remote from my world – the master European craftsman. The watchmaker’s patient skill is inscribed in his careworn, wrinkled face, in the intense concentration of his gaze, in his wonderful, supple-strong hands. This is the man whose diligence and steadfast character has allowed him to endure the many obstacles he has faced in life.

In this tribute to the watchmaker, I think that I anticipate the depth of my developing commitment to my own craft. Like the Old Watchmaker, I somehow knew that God lives in the details and that as scripture affirms, it is good to work well with one’s hands.

  • Thomas Kinkade painted Old Watchmaker in his early twenties and is a rare example of his portraiture style.
  • Even in this portrait painting, Thom infuses an overhead source of light for the Old Watchmaker.
  • The Old Watchmaker was painted in oils; the richness of textures from the fabrics, to the hands, and beard draw the observer in for a deeper view.
Title Old Watchmaker
Painted Thom's Early Twenties
Published May 2013

Image Sizes

10" x 8"
20" x 16"
30" x 24"

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