One of my favorite artists has died at the age of 54. Thomas Kinkade is known as the “Painter of Light”. I was introduced to his artwork when I was in high school. My mother and her friends decided to wander into a Thomas Kinkade gallery one afternoon during an outing and I tagged along, much to my delight.
When I was down in Texas for training at the beginning of my Air Force career, I frequently wandered the Riverwalk once I had earned the privilege to do so. On the Riverwalk is a mall and inside was another Thomas Kinkade gallery, which I made a point to wander into each time I was in the area. Something about his serene paintings calmed my nerves during that difficult time, and in many since then.
By far my favorite of his paintings is “Beside Still Waters”, but I enjoy much of his work, even if some in the art community sneer at it for whatever reason. I was saddened to hear of his death. It means I will cherish his art even more, because of the sense of calm it has brought me over the years.
Rest in peace, Thom. Thank you for sharing your art with us.