Black Bear Bedlam by Zac Kinkade


Zac Kinkade

Zachary Thomas Kinkade, Thomas Kinkade’s nephew, was born in 1992 and has been passionate about art his entire life. Beginning when he was 11, Zachary began entering and winning national and regional art competitions and shows. Deciding that art was his calling, Zac submitted a portfolio to the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Art and was accepted to the school in preparation of formal university training the arts. During this time, Zac also attended Tarrant County College to study art and most significantly began apprenticing at the Thomas Kinkade Company to explore his own aesthetic vision. Zac continued these relationships while attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he eventually graduated with honors from that academy’s prestigious school of art and architecture.

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I sincerely love using mountain vistas and remote countryside as inspiration and backdrop for my oil compositions. I also truly enjoy rendering the wildlife and crazy critters that live in these rustic areas as characters in these visual stories. In Black Bear Bedlam: Mountain Mischief II, I try to capture both the warm invite of a rustic home and the zany antics of the bears who have happened upon it. In the distance, the owner approaches as a mother bear tries to calm a gathering of cubs; each of which clearly has their own agenda for the day's fun. Two climb trees and tempt fate with their explorations of the limbs above, while others investigate the trappings of the cabin's human residents. Smaller animals hide from the chaos or scamper away, hoping to avoid the consequence of any impending disaster. In all, I can think of no better way to describe this imaginary "wildlife" moment than to call it, Black Bear Bedlam. I hope you have found joy in your visit to this beautiful place and home to both man and menagerie. And, as always, I want to thank you for sharing my adventure in art.