Thomas Kinkade, the popular painter of light, has died. He was 54.
He died Friday at home in Los Gatos, Calif., outside San Francisco, of what appeared to be natural causes.
My mom cried all night when she found out yesterday. My mom only had one "painting" by him but she treasured it. I remember at the height of his fame, my mom would check her pocket QVC calendar to find out if he was going to be on that month and would wait anxiously for him to be on the show and sit there transfixed for his appearance. You were either in my mom's camp and loved him or thought his work was too mainstream. My only issue with him was it seemed like he never had any real paintings. Everything was done by a machine. It would be nice to see some kind of collection of his that was strictly done by him with a brush.