I have to admit I am an unabashed fan of Thomas Kinkade. Although I do not own a single painting of his, I have downloaded probably as many as twenty to thirty desktop themes using his many wonderful paintings.
I know that many in the art world have feelings about him from mild dislike to serious despising, mostly based on his mass marketing of his art work. I say "eh" to that. He does what he does to make money, but that does not make his work less unique.
Art from the self-described "painter of light" adorns many living rooms in America. It emphasizes simple pleasures and warm, positive images of idyllic cottages, lighthouses and colorful gardens.
He was only 54. I turn 60 next Monday. No more new and wonderful paintings from him.
"My mission as an artist is to capture those special moments in life adorned with beauty and light," Kinkade said in a message on his website. "I work to create images that project a serene simplicity that can be appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. That's what I mean by sharing the light."
RIP, Mr. Kinkade, and brighten up heaven a little on this Easter/Passover weekend.