Romantic Ride


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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There are some movies that truly become iconic; that leave a long-term impact on the way we culturally react to the cinematic images that they provide. Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann and Gregory Peck as Joe Bradley is one such film. It tells the bitter-sweet story of romance between a European Princess and an American news reporter who meet in Rome and while enjoying the city together, fall in love.

One of the most familiar "snapshot-picture" summaries of this Oscar winner is of the two main characters sharing an Italian scooter as they race through the crowded and picturesque streets of Rome. This image of a man and woman enjoying the hug of a two-wheeled ride together has become ingrained into the American perspective of Italian courtship. It is such a fun image; I decided to paint Romantic Ride and invite you all to picture yourself on the scooter adventuring with the one you love or at least the one you love to be with.

Indeed, if you imagine long enough you may be able to create the picture of your own perfect Roman holiday. A toast to romance and as always, thank you for sharing my adventures in art.