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Thomas Kinkade Dies - Painter of Light
Do you know Thomas Kinkade's work?
It is a sad day today.
Thomas Kinkade, self described "Painter of Light", who showcased paintings of cottages, landscapes, churches, and lighthouses died today (Saturday, the day before Easter, April 7, 2012) at age 54. In an article by Associated Press, a family spokesman said he died of natural causes at his home in Los Gatos, California (in the San Francisco Bay area).
His paintings are beloved throughout the world. He marketed his work into many spin off products - china, collectibles, etc. and it is said that one of every two Americans has at least one reproduction of his work, either on canvas, in photograph, on china, or on stationary.
From Thomas Kinkade website
His paintings have beautiful settings and his work - as far as I know - has not been duplicated by any other painters.
Thom wrote and co-wrote over 140 books and is a best selling author. He always had time to help charities raise money for their causes.
His talented works of art will continue to captivate people for years to come.
Do You Have A Favorite Thomas Kinkade Painting?
Success at a Price?
It is all Monday morning quarterbacking at this point, of course, but when someone dies at an early age after enjoying some degree of success, one can't help but wonder...what if?
Steve Jobs (died of cancer - best known for Apple), John Kennedy Jr and his wife (died in plane crash - son of President Kennedy), Jim Croce (died in plane crash - American singer), Michael Landon (American actor, Touched by An Angel, cancer pancreas), Patsy Cline (died in plane crash - Country western singer), Patrick Swayze (American Actor, Dirty Dancing), Natalie Wood (died by drowning off family boat - American actress), Wolfgang Mozart (composer, died of rheumatic fever), Anne Frank (died in concentration camp, famous for her diaries that gave us insight into the death camps of Hitler regime). Just to name a few. Many more come to mind, but I'm getting off the subject, which is Thomas Kinkade.
Dying At Pinnacle of Success
At age 54, I think this is just one of many examples of how a person achieves greatness in their lives at an early age, works at it for a good many years, only to have their life cut short in the prime of their years.
I've seen and read about it too many times where someone who has reached the pinnacle of success in their chosen field, only to be struck down in death. We can't help but wonder if there would have been more opportunities for success for these chosen golden haired folks if they had lived out a long life.
By the same token, those who do not reach that pinnacle until later years often enjoy some modicum of happiness in other areas of life until recognized in their chosen field (or in a spin off field of interest), and too often we see them pass in death soon after.
I often wonder of the possibilities, of the benevolence they could have provided with their material wealth and wealth of knowledge, of the changes and differences they could have made in this world given their success.
Personal note from awordlover
Thomas Kinkade's paintings grace the walls of my home and I cherish them. The cost of his paintings range from hundreds of dollars to more than $10,000.
Kinkade's paintings appear in lithographs, canvas prints, books, posters, calendars, magazine covers, cards, collector plates and figurines.
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© 2012 Anne DiGeorge
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