Goodbye Thomas Kincade
April 10, 2012
On Friday, April 6, 2012, the world was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Thomas Kinkade.
Kinkade, who was often referred to as the Painter of Light, was a prolific artist. He created over 1,000 paintings. He is best known for his nature and cottage landscapes. He was known to hide images and messages that hinted at his greater inspirations. If you looked close enough, you could spot initials of his family members. His work as a painter is what ultimately earned him his place in the spotlight, but he maintained his foothold on fame by branching out into other mediums.
It is for his contributions to the literary world that the MCPL family will miss him most. He authored, co-authored, or was the subject of over 140 books. He was a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Perhaps his final contribution, a work co-authored with Katherine Spencer, "A Wandering Heart" was released April 3, 2012, just 3 days before his death.
Kinkade has won numerous awards including one from NALED (National Association of Limited Edition Dealers) for being the "Most Award Winning Artist in the Past 25 Years" in 2004 and the NALED Graphic Artist of the Year in 2005. He was also recognized for his philanthropic efforts by NALED with the Eugene Freedman Humanitarian Award.
Thomas Kinkade was a true Renaissance man. He will be missed.
Chris P. and Andie P.