Friday proved to end the work week on a sad note for Christians around the world, as perhaps one of the most well-known and collected artists named Thomas Kinkade died of natural causes in his Los Gatos, Calif. home. He was 54.
There may not be a Christian home who doesn't proudly display something of his works whether it be a book, calendar or paintings. Even many church walls dawn his works of art, which were often finished off with a scripture from the Bible to add that final touch of faith, drawing a strong appeal to the community of faith.
Thomas Kinkade claimed to be the most collected living artist, with more than 10 million homes displaying one of his masterpieces.
His meticulously, detailed and multi-colored paintings often include beautiful gardens, rivers, trails, cottages and churches with the light from the windows somehow mysteriously appearing like they really lit up. For that reason, he was known as "The painter of light."
Mr. Kinkade had four daughters and lived his life as a devout follower of Jesus Christ. He didn't want to express himself through his paintings, but rather to give the masses what they wanted: warm, positive images, said Ken Raasch, a longtime friend who co-founded Kinkade's company with him, according to Mercury News.com.
"I'd see a tree as being green, and he would see it as 47 different shades of green," Raasch said. "He just saw the world in a much more detailed way than anyone I've ever seen."
According to the Washington Post, his paintings brought in around $100 million a year in sales.
Beautiful tweet in memory of Thomas Kinkade, be sure to check out the link which leads you to a blog with many of his portraits: