Spirit of the Smokies


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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In Spirit of the Smokies, I once again take time to explore America's Wildlands and pay homage this nation's majestic parks. It is my second effort in this series. Situated along the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains serve as backdrop to my selected mountain scene. As Abrams Falls splashes behind, a mother black bear and her three cubs forage the flowing stream for food and fun. A mountain raccoon takes a moment to watch the furry family while it holds on to its dinner in the form of a brook trout. Standing above it all, a North American elk looks down on its fellow woodland denizens as it is silhouetted against the shifting mists and striking foliage of this ancient forest habitat. I have visited the Smoky Mountains on many occasions and I am always struck in wonder at the beauty of the area. As you hike these hills, you will see subtleties of light and color that can truly inspire artistic vision. It is also a place rich in a unique culture and an unabashed appreciation of the simple life so far removed from the chaos of the city. I hope you all can find some time to join me as I take my own moment to reflect and recenter myself in the Smokies and this sun drenched hallow. And, as always, I want to thank you all for sharing my adventure in art.