Saturday, April 7, 2012

In Memory of Thomas Kinkade: Beloved Christian Painter

We are saddened to hear the news of Christian artist, Thomas Kinkade's  death yesterday, who died of natural causes at the age of 54. He had blessed many the world over with his natural talent in his artwork of paintings of beautiful cottages, gardens, churches, and more.

He was known to be the most collected living artist with more than 10 million homes sharing his pieces and also earned the title "painter of light", bringing in over $100 million a year in sales. Now he joins his maker in Heaven--the Creator of Light.  May his artwork (featured everywhere you can think of from t-shirts, cups, calendars, puzzles, prints, blankets, plates, drawing instruction DVD's and books) continue to bless this generation and many more to come. Our heartfelt prayers for comfort and peace go out to his wife and children.

Rest in peace, Thomas Kinkade.

 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-9


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  1. That is sad news, his paintings are just lovely.

  2. Dear Vicky,

    It is sad--we loved his paintings and I had just ordered a book that I started reading a few weeks ago by him and his wife on marriage that was a blessing and talked about their journey and love for the Lord. I hope to finish it sometime this month.

    Many blessings...

  3. I have loved his work for many years. The "light" he always used in each painting made it feel so warm and welcoming.

    I am sad to think that there will be no new pieces from him now that he is gone...but he did so many, that his work will live on for all to enjoy.

    I love that he shared his faith through art...and that he boldly told of his trust in Jesus. I love how he honored his wife and children too. I feel sad for them in their time of loss.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  4. Mrs. June I learned about his passing this morning when I was checking my email, so I did a blog post about his death too...It is sad news but I agree with you he is in heaven with our Father the creator of Light...Love your blog Here is the link to my blog post about him if you would like to visit....

  5. Linda,

    I agree-- didn't know how much he shared until I started reading his book that I found at a bed and breakfast on my anniversary. He will be missed.

    Many blessings...

  6. Dear DeNiece,

    Thanks for sharing the link--I look forward to visiting. Yes, we need to definitely pray for their family.

    Many blessings...

  7. He loved "light" ! I am only imagining the "light " he is seeing now !!!! Please paint us a new picture Thomas!

  8. I read about some of his life years ago--a beautiful testimony to the grace of God.

  9. Wow! I follow your blog and only knew of his passing by looking through my blog updates this morning...then I saw yours...

    Thank you for posting, very lovely. He is my favorite to this day. He wrote a book on marriage? I must read that! I remember when I was 12 one Christmas I unwrapped a gift and then jumped off the couch in excitement to show all what I received...It was a puzzle from one of his favorite at the time!

    Very sad news indeed and he will be greatly missed. Prayers to him and his family!

  10. I just found this post. I didn't know he died. Thank you so much for sharing!

    How very sad. He will always be an inspiration.

    I ordered a used copy of his book about his marriage. I am so glad you mentioned it.

    Mrs. White
    The Legacy of Home

  11. Dear Mrs. White,

    Yes, isn't it sad? I have his book on my nightstand right now (along with about 10 different other ones!. I hope you enjoy it like I currently am.

    Many blessings...

  12. When I heard of Thomas Kinkade's death I was very saddened and wanted to know more about him. The last year or so of his life was very troubled. I looked him up on Wikipedia and other sources. He had left his wife and had a very bad drinking problem. He had been drinking all night the night he died, and he was living with his girlfriend. I believe he had many financial problems too. I loved his artwork too. And my children loved it. I hope that he is in Heaven and that he now has peace with God. And I definitely pray for his wife and children.
    I just couldn't read all the comments and not share the truth.
    Linda S. from Canada

  13. Dear Linda S.

    I have also recently heard the same news. We are saddened to hear about how life ended for him and his family. Let us all use it as a reminder to "finish the race well".

    Many blessings...


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