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Thomas Kinkade Dies - Painter of Light

Updated on April 6, 2017
Heather's Hutch You may recognize his paintings before you recognize his name. Or you may know his name and not be familiar with his paintings.
Heather's Hutch You may recognize his paintings before you recognize his name. Or you may know his name and not be familiar with his paintings. | Source

The Painter

Do you know Thomas Kinkade's work?

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The Rose Garden, Portland Oregon
The Rose Garden, Portland Oregon | Source

Thomas Kinkade

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.

Silent Night
Silent Night | Source
Victorian Light
Victorian Light | Source
Glory of Evening
Glory of Evening | Source
A Quiet Evening
A Quiet Evening | Source
Graceland Christmas
Graceland Christmas | Source
Christmas Chapel
Christmas Chapel | Source
Christmas in New York City
Christmas in New York City | Source
Thomas Kinkade at work
Thomas Kinkade at work | Source

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.

Beacon of Hope
Beacon of Hope | Source
Cottage by the Sea
Cottage by the Sea | Source
Hometown Pride
Hometown Pride | Source
Everett's Cottage
Everett's Cottage | Source
Friendship Cottage
Friendship Cottage | Source
Lamplight Manor
Lamplight Manor | Source
The Good Shepherd's Cottage
The Good Shepherd's Cottage | Source
Cape Hatteras Light
Cape Hatteras Light | Source
Sweetheart Gazebo
Sweetheart Gazebo | Source
The Open Gate
The Open Gate | Source
Pathway to Paradise
Pathway to Paradise | Source


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Pools of Serenity
Pools of Serenity | Source
Footprints In The Sand
Footprints In The Sand | Source

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.

Prince of Peace. He painted this when he found his faith in 1980.
Prince of Peace. He painted this when he found his faith in 1980. | Source

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.

Stairway to Paradise
Stairway to Paradise | Source
Heading Home
Heading Home | Source

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This hub is my copyright only where my words appear.

Thomas Kinkade retains the copyright on all his artwork.

© 2012 Anne DiGeorge

Updated 2/2/2014 by Rachael O'Halloran, replaced pixelated copyscape logos and corrected format issues.

© 2012 awordlover


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  • homeartprints profile image


    4 years ago

    Thomas Kinkade,my favorite artists, thank you for sharing!

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago

    Hi The Examiner-1,

    Thank you for sharing this hub and for commenting.


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    The Examiner-1 

    5 years ago


    I used to love watching his painting shows, I did not know why they stopped there was no explanation - just reruns. I liked this Hub showing all of his work and how and when he died. voted up and shared.


  • MySwanSong profile image


    6 years ago

    I just love this man's works of art. Such a shame to lose him at such an early age, but his work will live on forever.

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    Thank you Carozy. I loved his work for years, and have some in my home. I think many people will continue to collect him for years to come. Thank you for your comment and the follow!

  • carozy profile image


    6 years ago from San Francisco

    Beautiful hub. I've enjoyed Thomas Kinkade for years. My parents have some of his work and my friend always got his calendar every year. His paintings bring so much joy to my heart. Voted up.

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    @Barbsbitsnpieces, I think when someone "chooses their time of death" over the natural order of death and they have the great body of work like Thomas Kinkade does, people will go back to remembering what they love most....his paintings and the way his paintings make them feel. His manner of death will soon fade but his paintings will live on forever. Thank you for your comment.

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    Barbara Anne Helberg 

    7 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

    @awordlover...This is a fitting tribute to the "Painter of Light".

    Unfortunately, it appears now that he sucuumbed to the pressures of his own creativity by using dangerous stimulants. This has been the sad end to many of his talent.

    However, no one can diminish the reach of his talent, and his works will continue to inspire and please throughout the future.

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Hi Ananceleste, Thank you for your comment, compliment, and sharing this hub. He was loved by many and will surely be missed.

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    Anan Celeste 

    7 years ago from California

    I was introduced to his work by my stepmother, she still is his biggest fan. And have a couple of his paintings and memorabilia. Is indeed a great loss. Lovely tribute. I will share it so that she can enjoyed it too. Voted up!

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Hi Capedium, I'm glad you found this hub to be introduced to his work. From today forward, as you see his work, you will instantly know who this great painter was. Enjoy! TYVM for your comment.

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    Ov Overo 

    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    I just heard of him for the first time today... Am surprise I don't know him...

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Hello Dahlia Flower, Thank you for your comment and the sharing of hub. I am honored. :-)

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Hello KarenCreftor (Kaz), Thank you for sharing this hub. It is amazing how the curiosity for this painter has gone up since his death. This hub is now approaching 500 views, which is astounding to me. Thank you very much for your comment and sharing.

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    Karen Creftor 

    7 years ago from Kent, UK

    Sad news, my mum is a huge fan of his work and as an artist myself can only marvel at his skill.

    My favourite paintings of his were always the city streets and fairytales :)

    Thanks for this hub. Voted up and shared.

    ~Kaz x

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    Dahlia Flower 

    7 years ago from Canada

    I enjoyed reading this and looking at these paintings. What an artist he was.

    And when you say you have seen it before or read it before -- where someone leaves mortality at the pinnacle of his success -- I am prone to think it is because the person has developed his or her gift as much as is necessary for his fellow beings.

    Sharing this and voting up.

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    hoteltravel, you will run into his work in your travels more now than ever, since you now know who he is. Your eye will pick up an item with his paintings on it and your mind will say "Oh, I know that painter!" I'm glad to welcome you into the group that now knows Thomas Kinkade. :: smile::

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    7 years ago from Thailand

    I have often wondered who drew such wonderful paintings for chinaware and curios. I belong to the group who have never heard about Thomas Kinkade, but have often come across his work. Thanks for writing this tribute to the painter. May his soul rest in peace.

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    This hub was written 2 days ago, and has just hit 300 views, which proves that even after death -Thomas Kinkade's popularity will live on.... for anything written about him as well as his works. Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit my hub. :-)

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Hi Dottie Frame, Front Street is a very pretty painting too. Thomas Kinkade's collections number over 1000 and we all have our favorites. I just wish I was able to put more of them on this hub. Thank you for your comment.

  • awordlover profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Thank you Abby Christman for your comments. I understand you are new to so welcome aboard. I look forward to reading some of your work.


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    7 years ago

    awordlover, this is a nice tribute to a wonderful painter and artist. I enjoyed seeing the paintings you showcased and will be visiting the links you highlighted. I especially was touched by the last two paintings - the soldier Heading Home and the Stairway to Paradise, almost like you were telling a story with the placement of your photos. Great hub, voted up.

    Abby Christman


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