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In my brother’s writings, he often referred to the natural world as God’s greatest cathedral. Thom honestly felt that you could see the Creator’s face in a mountain vista, hear His voice in the babbling of a brook, and feel His presence in a gentle mountain breeze. He felt God, as experienced in nature, would envelop the human senses and reach down through the body and into the eternal soul.
Thom was raised in the mountains and held this belief from an early age; and returned there often to commune with his God and oil on canvas reach out to all those who loved his work. Indeed, Thom’s landscapes are spiritual statements in the form of art and work as his personal testimony to the reality of God.
The Valley Chapel is no exception. This small historic church was built in the face of all God’s grandeur in Yosemite Valley and has been a spiritual resource that since the late 1800’s. In the distance, Half Dome rises above the chapel giving perspective on man and our accomplishments in the scope of God’s universe. God is limitless in time promising an eternity without beginning or end, and He is boundless in size granting us view into all that is and all that ever will be.
The size of the granite monolith, and the time it took to carve from the Earth, exists in stark contrast to the idea of the history of man – or in terms of man’s simple creation. We are humbled in the face of God and yet exalted in His acceptance of our love. We at the Thomas Kinkade Company invite you to walk with Thom in the beauty of the Yosemite Valley.
Experience a boundless God in Yosemite, His most sublime creation and the intimacy of His love in this small chapel nestled in that valley. For Thom, his family and all those that strive to continue his vision in art, I thank you for sharing the light. God bless!
~ Patrick Kinkade
- Thomas Kinkade painted numerous paintings in Yosemite, and was the only American artist to win two Founder’s Awards from the National Parks Academy for the Arts.
- The chapel in this painting was inspired by an actual chapel in Yosemite Valley, that sits near the base of Half Dome.
- In 1989, Thom’s painting Yosemite Valley, Late Afternoon at Artist Point was selected by the National Park System as their official print. It is now sold out at publisher.
- Thom’s paintings of Yosemite are among some of his most popular images, and even Yosemite Meadow hangs in the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.
- Thom’s appreciation for the great outdoors started at a young age as a result of growing up in Placerville, California which is near the mountains.
|Subject Location||Yosemite Vally Chapel with Half Dome in Yosemite, California|
|Collection||Chapels of Nature VI|
|Classification||Thomas Kinkade Vault|
18" x 24"
25½" x 34"
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