Thomas Kinkade's Death Can't Stop His Light

Inspiring 19

Thomas Kinkade diesOne of Thomas Kinkade's many paintings.

One of the most successful artists of all time, Thomas Kinkade, died Friday at the age of 54. The self-proclaimed "Painter of Light" passed at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area of what appeared to be natural causes.

Despite being reviled by the art establishment, Kinkade was the people's painter. A religious man, Kinkade commonly painted bridges, gates, and visual depictions of bible verses -- his distinguishable style defined by his use of light to often symbolize god.

But it wasn't just his paintings that are inspirational, it's also his words. Kinkade may have had one of the most unique, optimistic outlooks well ... ever. Today, let's remember Thomas Kinkade by reflecting on some of his best quotes:

"What I paint touches on foundational life values. Home, family, peacefulness. And one of the messages I try to constantly get across is slow it down and enjoy every moment."

"Beauty is found in anything that delights the senses, nourishes the soul, fires the imagination."

"Surround yourself with the kinds of input that are uplifting, that expand your mind and settle your spirit."

"Study the faces of people you love as if they weren't familiar."

"Love your home -- its physical space, its personal history, the relationships that define it."

Wow, some powerful stuff -- right? These are only the tip of the iceberg, too. Whether or not Thomas was "well-liked" in the art world, the man has a perspective that was admirable, and a talent that was irrefutable. May his legacy continue to live on through his work. Considering it's in more than 10 million homes across the United States, I don't think that will be a problem.

Are you a fan of Thomas Kinkade's work?


Image via Allan Fergusen/ Flickr


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LizB86 LizB86

I'd never wish an early death on anyone, but this guy's "art" reminds me of the quote, "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public" (H.L. Mencken).  The world supply of kitsch is going to be somewhat less abundant until a successor steps up.

sunsh... sunshine961

hi its dawn i saw thomas kincade in the paper today 4/8 2010 he is and will always be a wonderful artists  much love and peace to his entire family.

kisse... kisses5050

worthless fact #3456- in the 1990s over 80% of bussiness computer crashes were caused by people downloading the Kincade screen savers.

DebaLa DebaLa

O barf. I'm only sorry for his duped investors, DUI and groped victims, the public denominator he pandered to, and the family who loved him. RIP or in paint by numbers.

I respectfully agree with all the dissenters here.

Jeanette Grayeb-Mihal

There are many ways to look at art.  The fact that his work did not appeal to some, doesn't give anyone the right to make irresponsible comments.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  There's alot of art out there that doesn't appeal to my senses.  Enjoy what you can.

Sabrina Messenger

Yes, I loved his artwork. Just never could afford it. I only have one book of his art called "Romantic Escapes" which I found at a local Goodwill store. I'll always cherish it. The only reason why the art 'establishment' didn't like Kinkade or his work is because he achieved something in his 54 years that some of them will never achieve even if they live to be 100: he had an understanding of what the average person looks for in art. That's evidenced by the quotes listed in the article. Most normal people want the personal in their home to make them happy and comfortable, they don't want live in a cold museum filled with 'great' art that in reality means nothing to them personally.

count... countrygirl670

Though his "art" was the visual equivalent of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, it is undeniably fortunate to be able to make a good living doing or making what you love.  Bonus: he provided employment opportunities for other 'painters".  It is always tragic when someone dies at such a young age.  RIP, Kinkade.

suema... suemayonline

Huge fan of his work!!!!

However, I don't get "natural causes" at only 54 years of age!!

Alicia Hardy

thomas was an amazing artist his work was so inspirational it touched mine and my moms hearts we will pray for his family and i hope god will confort them through this time may you r.i.p thomas

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