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Pacific Nocturne

I first developed my techniques for recreating the dazzling drama of natural light with such works as Pacific Nocturne – an early and rarely seen epic painting. On the occasion of my second wedding anniversary, Nanette and I re-visited our honeymoon hideaway at the coastal town of Mendocino, California and it was there I gained the inspiration for capturing the glow of evening over the gently rolling surf.

In my painting the sky is a peacock’s tail of mauves, purples, and blues as clouds of varying density filter the radiant setting sun. Sea foam bursts in an explosion of brilliant light against the massive coastal rock. The luminous translucence of the aqua waves shimmers with an internal fire. Sand gleams golden through the thin liquid skin of the receding surf.

In Pacific Nocturne, I created one of my largest and most important early attempts to evoke emotion through landscape. Here truly is a romantic setting. The glow of moonlight symbolizing the glow of a loving heart suffuses the scene with its gentle radiance. The benign beauty of God’s creation fills the eye and heart of all who love the splendor of creation.

For many years, Pacific Nocturne hung in my own home as a private treasure – a personal memory of my early years of marriage. Now, for the first time, I share it with my collectors.

  • The original painting of Pacific Nocturne was part of the treasured ThomasĀ Kinkade family collection, and hung in their home for many years.
  • Pacific Nocturne is the first in the newly opened Archive Collection II – an exquisite compilation of some of Thom’s early works of art, depicting his passion for a simpler, more spiritual, and more beautiful life.
  • The coastline depicted in Pacific Nocturne is based on the Northern California area of Mendocino, and was the location of Thom and Nanette’s honeymoon.
  • In these early paintings that comprise the Archive Collection II, Thom began to probe the secrets of pigment, color, and luminous lighting – to learn what it means to beĀ a Painter of Light.
Title Pacific Nocturne
Painted 1984
Published November 2004
Subject Location Mendocino Coastline, California
Collection Archive Collection II

Image Size

18" x 24"

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