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Thomas Kinkade was an American painter of popular realistic, bucolic, and idyllic subjects, who passed away because of natural causes on Friday. As an artist he earned so much fame by creating pastoral images. But as a businessman he had a very complex personality. He was 54.
Steve Rice, the mayor of Los Gatos, Kinkade’s home said that Kinkade was bigger than life. “He was gregarious, outgoing and engaging — as you might expect an artist to be.” Rice continued to say that Kinkade was “very involved” in the Los Gatos community, donating paintings in order to help raise money for the elementary schools and the Police Departments.
According to Steve Rice, at one auction last year for the police foundation, one of Kinkade’s paintings went for more than $10,000. He was a man of higher capabilities. Kinkade’s publicly traded company Media Arts Group generated $130 million in sales in 2001.
May his soul rest in peace!!