Thomas Kinkade Dies at Age 54
April 7, 2012
Reports released from various news sources confirmed today that artist Thomas Kinkade died Friday at age 54 in his Los Gatos, Calif., home. The Associated Press reports: "He claimed to be the nation's most collected living artist, and his paintings and spin-off products were said to fetch some $100 million a year in sales, and to be in 10 million homes in the United States. Those light-infused renderings are often prominently displayed in buildings, malls, and on products — generally depicting tranquil scenes with lush landscaping and streams running nearby. Many contain images from Bible passages." Kinkade, a devout Christian, described his art on his own website, saying: "My mission as an artist is to capture those special moments in life adorned with beauty and light. ... 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."