Trieste, Italy


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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My Uncle Thom often said that "it was not the artist's duty to paint what is there but, rather they might brush what should be there." And so, I followed this advice while painting Castello di Miramare in Trieste, Italy.

This is not to say that the Austrian architecture of this Hapsburg dwelling is not as magnificent as it is depicted for indeed, it is grand. Nor is it to deny the beauty of the gardens that surround the structure because indeed, they are splendid. And I cannot say that the sea which fronts the estate is not clear and calm with the azure color of a robin's egg for, without a doubt, it is all that and more.

What I can say is that while Trieste was scheduled as a port-of-call in my Italian cruise itinerary because of problems at the dock, my ship was not allowed to land. What I had planned to paint, therefore, was rendered from photo references and my own imagination. As my uncle suggested, I painted what should have been there - except for issues created by irate longshoremen! Still, I hope you enjoy my visit to Trieste as much as I enjoyed painting it for you and, as always, thank you for sharing my adventures in art.