There is perhaps no Thomas Kinkade painting that better represents Thom’s “Painter of Light” nickname than The Cross.

Sometimes art is born of inspiration and sometimes of destiny. In the case of this epic painting, Thom believes he felt both. As part of the redesign of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was asked to provide an image for use on a large wall – a very large wall. The opportunity to create a mural of such a vast scope is truly a moment of destiny for any artist.

To create the oil painting that would be the basis for the final mural, Kinkade utilized one of the largest canvases he ever attempted to paint in his studio. A full six feet wide, this canvas would be enlarged to create the final epically sized mural. He came up with the idea for the mural as an extension of an earlier piece he had created entitled Sunrise. This painting takes that same vision of a rugged cross upon a mountaintop to new levels. The process was thrilling for both the artist and the commissioner as Thom filled the massive canvas with a gorgeous inspirational scene. As he worked it was as if heavenly light began to pour upon the canvas.

This painting features a rosy sunset lined with magnificently fluffy clouds, typical of Kinkade’s landscapes. A towering cross stands on a stony mountaintop, looking out over forests and rivers below. The inspiring figure almost seems to glow in the reddish light. With the attention to detail in the pines and the radiant sunbeams that grow out from the painting’s center, it’s almost as if you’re there in the mountains with the symbol of Christ. There’s truly no time more suitable than the Easter season to enjoy this glorious, reverent work of art.

A final aspect of Thom’s creative process came when Franklin Graham himself suggested a fitting title for the work: The Cross. This simple title reflects the lifelong calling and legacy of his father, the evangelist Billy Graham. Our prayer is that this particular painting will bring hope to many just as the symbol of the Cross and the gospel message has brought hope to millions. You don’t need to see it in its original six-foot size to appreciate this masterpiece. We carry high quality studio versions of The Cross in a number of sizes and special editions.