Gondolas of Venice 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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As a child, you learn about the world and the wonderful cities to be seen in faraway countries. As an adult, you may also get a chance to actually visit these exciting foreign places. While these travels may at times disappoint, I can honestly say that Venice lives up to all anticipation. There is a true magic to be felt walking the cobbled streets and the meandering cannels of this ancient Italian seaport. But of all things that are a source of Venetian enchantment, it is the gondola and gondolier that play the greatest part in its existence. In the day, you can watch these boats taking their passengers on voyages of curiosity and delight as they navigate the city's waterways. And even more moving, you can hear the oarsmen singing in the night, giving romantic mood to all couples who come aboard their vessels. Recently I had opportunity to journey to Venice and take just such a compelling rowed excursion. Sadly, while Venice provided the mood it always does, my companion that evening was my father, a less than romantic date for the ride. But, as it happened, laughter replaced romance, and the gondolier seemed truly amused by the commentaries we gave. Not even my dad's dumb jokes could dissipate the magic to be found in the Gondolas of Venice. I hope you enjoyed your trip to this fabled city, and thank you for sharing my adventures in art.