The Garden of Grace


Garden of Grace

Collection: Gardens of Light I
Sizes: 16x20, 20x24, 24x30
Publishes: March 2004

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound ..."
How sweet, too, are the sights that await us in the "Garden of Grace." And the scents. When I ponder the meaning of grace - of God's abundant love, that washes us clean - I search for sensory equivalents to the rapturous experience that the faithful are privileged to know. I think of a melodious harmony of bird song, of the heady perfume of flowers wafted on the breeze. Above all, I imagine a glorious light that pours through the foliage, clothing the trees and shrubs in its resplendent radiance.

"Garden of Grace," first in my Gardens of Light series, is my evocation of this primal garden, which, in some sense hearkens back to Eden, but is available to all of us, today, through God's loving sacrifice. 

In "Garden of Grace," I've created an atmosphere of utter, resplendent luminosity. The golden glow of God's light touches the leaves and flowers with splendor. The effect is thrilling.

What can lie beyond the aged, wrought iron gate that opens into the "Garden of Grace?" Surely, abundant blessings and God's tender mercies await those who are privileged to receive the gift of grace, just as sublime beauty awaits those of you who bring my Gardens of Light into your homes.

-Thomas Kinkade

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