RIP: Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light

RIP    Thomas Kinkade is reported to have died of natural causes at age 54.  I was not a big fan of his work, and he is an artist people love to hate, but I give him credit as an artist for self promotion and getting his stuff out there in the market.  While I do not think he is in the same class as Norman Rockwell, for example, the criticism of Kinkade is similar to those who used to put Rockwell down as a mere "illustrator."  He was having troubles recently.  To those who criticize him, his work is his work.  My condolences to his family and friends.
Althouse on the surreal quality of Kinkade's work.
The Wall Street Journal on what drove Mr. Kinkade's work...

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