June 2004 Release
The soldier is alone … as he is never alone in
The weight of all he has seen and done, of the pain he has borne and
the trials he has overcome bear down on his broad shoulders. The
soldier's personal war is over: he is HEADING HOME.
I did not choose to show the warrior's face in my painting of the
homecoming veteran. The hero of HEADING HOME is not an individual at
all; he is the essence of the American soldier. We cannot tell whether
he returns from Normandy, from Saigon, from Beirut. In a sense, he has
spilled his blood on all those fields of honor.
Like all of us, the soldier walks the path of his life and finds
himself under God's watchful eye, alone. He is bathed in a golden
light that can only be called "heavenly." Like all God's children, his
ultimate destination is a heavenly home, where he can know the sweet
peace of divine love.
We cannot know whether he is HEADING HOME to hearth and family, to the
pleasures of domestic love and a joyful reunion, or whether he may be
returning instead to the bliss of heaven, which is the perfection of
those earthly pleasures.
We can only wish him a joyful homecoming, and say a sublime word of
thanks to the heroes of every generation!"
Thus are Thomas Kinkade's words on his newest and most
stirring piece to date - Heading Home. Its simplicity somehow fills all who
see it with a complex mixture of feelings and emotions and makes a statement
that has been true since the dawn of man.
This June release is available in three sizes: 12x9,
16x12 and 20x16 and as always more information about this powerful piece can
be had by contacting your Art of the South consultant.