The 'Painter of Light' and a Secret Darker Side to Thomas Kinkade

11 September 2013 by Rod Carruthers
Thomas Kinkade , the Painter of Light ™, emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art – and the branded products created from that art from textiles, to collectibles, to music and books, calendars, jigsaw puzzles , greeting cards, and CDs. Thomas Kinkade believed that both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings had been given to him as a gift. His goal as an artist was to touch people of all faiths and to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he had created. He characterized himself as " The Painter of Light ," and his work remains much loved, mass produced and hugely collected with an estimated 1 in every 20 American homes owning a copy of one of Thomas Kinkade's paintings. A key feature of Thomas Kinkade's paintings are the glowing highlights and saturated pastel colors. Rendered in highly idealistic American scene painting values, his works often portray bucolic, idyllic settings such as gardens, streams, stone cottages, lighthouses and Main Streets. His hometown of Placerville (where his works are omnipresent) is the inspiration of many of his street and snow scenes. He has also depicted various Christian themes including the Christian...
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