"When the Disneyland 50th Anniversary gala was announced, I jumped
at the chance to paint this place of golden memories. I set up my easel on
Main Street to paint a plein air study of Sleeping Beauty Castle, soon to
be festooned with decorations, flags, and banners celebrating Disneyland's
50th. I couldn't resist painting my own family among the crowd.
The drama of sunset suggests the end of an era at Disneyland, while the
glowing lights at the base of the castle remind us that a new age of
imagination and celebration awaits.
My "Disney Dreams Collection" celebrates great moments from Walt Disney Films. I call these paintings "narrative panoramas" because each painting tells the entire story of the film in one image.
My prayer is that my "Disney Dreams Collection" will make dreams come true for all who see these enchanted paintings."
"As a child my imagination was stirred by the great animated films of
Walt Disney. Imagine my delight when Disney recently opened their
archives to me as I prepared for my first-ever series of images
inspired by classic Disney moments.
In the first piece of this series, Snow White's world is alive
with color. The Prince's castle where Snow White will eventually
discover happiness looms majestically in the distance, while a foaming
waterfall and fanciful animals remind us that Snow White is at peace
with all of nature. Of course, I also included my iconic colorful
flowers which festoon the scene with hopeful reminders of spring.
I hope that Snow White Discovers the Cottage will be a
fairy tale come true for Disney and Kinkade collectors everywhere."
"For my painting "Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star" we see Pinocchio upon a
hillside overlooking the setting of his adventures. We see Honest John
and Geppetto's workshop where Pinocchio was formed. On the right we
see Pleasure Island and Monstro the whale preparing to engulf
Geppetto's sailing vessel. Butterflies and sparkles lend magical
accents as the Blue Fairy and Jiminy Cricket look on."
"As the third piece in my Disney Dreams Collection, Tinker Bell and
Peter Pan Fly to Neverland promises to be my most exciting work
yet! The Peter Pan story presents the wondrous fantasies of youth:
secret island hideaways, visions of mermaids and pirates, and the
irresistible urge to fly high above the world. I am powerfully aware
of the tug of youthful dreams – might even say that as an artist I
strive to stay constantly connected with the wide-eyed wonder of
As with the first two paintings in my twelve piece Disney Dreams
Collection (affectionately referred to as the “Disney dozen” by
diehard collectors!), I try to tell the whole story in a single image
– what I refer to as a “narrative panorama”. We see Neverland in the
distance, just below the “second star to the right”, an enchanting
land rising above the clouds. As the moon bathes the scene with its
silvery light, the clouds take shape, if only in our imagination, as
characters from the adventure – Captain Hook, Smee, the Lost Boys and
the ubiquitous ticking crocodile. Below us we see London, its lights
twinkling with a radiant glow, as the eternal waters of the Thames
flow off to distant horizons.
For me, the central character of the story will always remain Tinker
Bell, the enchanted fairy princess who makes the entire journey of
imagination possible. As the bells of Big Ben begin to toll in the
evening air, won’t you grab a handful of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, and
join me on the adventure of a lifetime? As Peter Pan put it, “Come on
everybody, here we go…”