William Thomas Kinkade III (January 19, 1958 – April 6, 2012) was an American painter of popular realistic, pastoral, and idyllic subjects. He is notable for achieving success during his lifetime with the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products by means of the Thomas Kinkade Company. According to Kinkade's company, one in every twenty American homes owned a copy of one of his paintings.
William Thomas Kinkade III
January 19, 1958
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Died||April 6, 2012 (aged 54)|
Monte Sereno, California, U.S.
|Education||Art Center College of Design, Pasadena|
Kinkade was criticized for some of his behavior and business practices; art critics faulted his work for being "kitsch". Kinkade died of "acute intoxication" from alcohol and the drug diazepam at the age of 54.
Early life and educationEdit
William Thomas Kinkade was born on January 19, 1958, in Sacramento County, California. He grew up in the town of Placerville, graduated from El Dorado High School in 1976, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Some of the people who mentored and taught Kinkade prior to college were Charles Bell and Glen Wesman. Wesman encouraged Kinkade to go to the University of California at Berkeley. Kinkade's relationship with Wesman is the subject of a semi-autobiographical movie released during 2008, Christmas Cottage. After two years of general education at Berkeley, Kinkade transferred to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
During June 1980, Kinkade spent a summer traveling across the United States with his college friend James Gurney. The two of them finished their journey in New York and secured a contract with Guptill Publications to produce a sketching handbook. Two years later they produced a book, The Artist's Guide to Sketching, which was one of Guptill Publications' best-sellers that year.
The success of the book resulted in both working for Ralph Bakshi Studios where they created background art for the 1983 animated feature movie Fire and Ice. While working on the movie, Kinkade began to explore the depiction of light and of imagined worlds.
After the movie, Kinkade worked as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California.
Artistic themes and styleEdit
Recurring features of Kinkade's paintings are their glowing colors and pastel colors. Rendered with idealistic values of American scene painting, his works often portray bucolic and idyllic settings such as gardens, streams, stone cottages, lighthouses and Main Streets. His hometown of Placerville (where his works are much displayed) was the inspiration for many of his street and snow scenes. He also depicted various Christian themes including the Christian cross and churches.
Kinkade said he was emphasizing the value of simple pleasures and that his intent was to communicate inspirational messages through his paintings. A self-described "devout Christian" (even giving all four of his children the middle name "Christian"), Kinkade believed he gained his inspiration from his religious beliefs and that his work was intended to include a moral dimension. Many pictures include specific chapter-and-verse allusions to Bible passages.
Kinkade said, "I am often asked why there are no people in my paintings," but in 2009 he painted a portrait of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the cover of that year's Indianapolis 500 race program that included details of the crowd, hiding among them the figures of Norman Rockwell and Dale Earnhardt. He also painted the farewell portrait for Yankee Stadium. Concerning the Indianapolis Motor Speedway painting, Kinkade said:
The passion I have is to capture memories, to evoke the emotional connection we have to an experience. I came out here and stood up on the bleachers and looked around, and I saw all the elements of the track. It was empty at the time. But I saw the stadium, how the track laid out, the horizon, the skyline of Indianapolis and the Pagoda. I saw it all in my imagination. I began thinking, 'I want to get this energy — what I call the excitement of the moment — into this painting.' As I began working on it, I thought, 'Well you have this big piece of asphalt, the huge spectator stands; I've got to do something to get some movement.' So I just started throwing flags into it. It gives it kind of a patriotic excitement.
This is another area that the contemporary art world has a hard time with, that I find interesting. He expresses what he believes and puts that in his art. That is not the trend in the high-art world at the moment, the idea that you can express things spiritually and be taken seriously ... It is always difficult to present serious religious ideas in an art context. That is why I like Kinkade. It is a difficult thing to do.
A Kinkade painting was typically rendered in slightly surreal pastels. It typically featured a cottage or a house of such insistent coziness as to seem actually sinister, suggestive of a trap designed to attract Hansel and Gretel. Every window was lit, to lurid effect, as if the interior of the structure might be on fire.
Didion also compared the "Kinkade Glow" to the luminism of 19th-century painter Albert Bierstadt, who sentimentalized the infamous Donner Pass in his Donner Lake from the Summit. Didion saw "unsettling similarities" between the two painters, and worried that Kinkade's treatment of the Sierra Nevada, The Mountains Declare His Glory, similarly ignored the tragedy of the forced dispersal of Yosemite's Sierra Miwok Indians during the Gold Rush, by including an imaginary Miwok camp as what he calls "an affirmation that man has his place, even in a setting touched by God's glory."
Looking just at the paintings themselves it is obvious that they are technically competent. Kinkade's genius, however, is in his capacity to identify and fulfill the needs and desires of his target audience—he cites his mother as a key influence and archetypal audience — and to couple this with savvy marketing ... If Kinkade's art is principally about ideas, and I think it is, it could be suggested that he is a Conceptual artist. All he would have to do to solidify this position would be to make an announcement that the beliefs he has expounded are just Duchampian posturing to achieve his successes. But this will never happen. Kinkade earnestly believes in his faith in God and his personal agenda as an artist.
Kinkade's production method has been described as "a semi-industrial process in which low-level apprentices embellish a prefab base provided by Kinkade." Kinkade reportedly designed and painted all of his works, which were then moved into the next stage of the process of mass-producing prints. It is assumed he created most of the original, conceptual work that he produced. However, he also employed a number of studio assistants to help create multiple prints of his famous oils. Thus while it is believed that Kinkade designed and painted all of his original paintings, the ones collectors were likely to own were printed factory-like and touched up with manual brush strokes by someone other than Kinkade.
Kinkade is reportedly one of the most counterfeited artists, due in large part to advances in affordable, high resolution digital photography and printing technology. Additionally, mass-produced hand-painted fakes from countries such as China and Thailand abound in the U.S. and around the globe. In 2011, the Kinkade studio said that Kinkade was the most collected artist in Asia but received no income from those regions due to widespread forgery.
Kinkade's works are sold by mail order and in dedicated retail outlets. Some of the prints also feature light effects that are painted onto the print surface by hand by "skilled craftsmen," touches that add to the illusion of light and the resemblance to an original work of art, and which are then sold at greater prices. Licensing with Hallmark and other corporations has made it possible for Kinkade's images to be used extensively for other merchandise such as calendars, jigsaw puzzles, greeting cards, and CDs. By December 2009, his images also appeared on Walmart gift cards.
Kinkade is reported to have earned $53 million for his artistic work during the period 1997 to May 2005. About 2000, there was a national network of several hundred Thomas Kinkade Signature Galleries; however, they began to falter during the late-2000s recession. During June 2010, his Morgan Hill, California manufacturing operation that reproduced the art filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing nearly $6.2 million in creditors' claims. The company, Pacific Metro, planned to reduce its costs by outsourcing much of its manufacturing.
Criticism and controversyEdit
Although Kinkade was among the most commercially successful painters of the 1990s, his work has been criticized negatively by art critics. Soon after news of Kinkade's death in April 2012, author Susan Orlean termed his passing the death of a "kitsch master". During the same month, journalist Laura Miller lampooned Kinkade's work as "a bunch of garish cottage paintings".
Kinkade was criticized for the extent to which he commercialized his art, for example, by selling his prints on the QVC home shopping network. Some academics expressed concerns about the implications of Kinkade's success in relation to Western perceptions of visual art: in 2009, Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club wrote, "To his detractors, he represents the triumph of sub-mediocrity and the commercialization and homogenization of painting [...] perhaps no other painter has been as shameless or as successful at transforming himself into a corporation as Kinkade." Among such people, he is known more as a "mall artist" or a "chocolate box artist" than as a merited painter. Rabin later described Kinkade's paintings collectively as "a maudlin, sickeningly sentimental vision of a world where everything is as soothing as a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows on a cold December day".
In a 2001 interview, Kinkade said, "I am really the most controversial artist in the world."
Kinkade's company, Media Arts Group Inc., was accused of unfair dealings with owners of Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery franchises. In 2006, an arbitration board awarded Karen Hazlewood and Jeffrey Spinello $860,000 in damages and $1.2 million in fees and expenses due to Kinkade's company "[failing] to disclose material information" that would have discouraged them from investing in the gallery. The award was later increased to $2.8 million with interest and legal fees. The plaintiffs and other former gallery owners also made accusations of being pressured to open additional galleries that were not viable financially, being forced to accept expensive, unsalable inventory, and being undersold by discount outlets the prices of which they were not allowed to match. Kinkade denied the accusations, and Media Arts Group had defended itself successfully in previous suits by other former gallery owners. Kinkade himself was not singled out in the finding of fraud by the arbitration board. In August 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported that the FBI was investigating these issues, with agents from offices across the country conducting interviews.
Former gallery dealers also charged that the company used Christianity to take advantage of people. "They really knew how to bait the hook," said one ex-dealer who spoke on condition of anonymity. "They certainly used the Christian hook." One former dealer's lawyer stated, "Most of my clients got involved with Kinkade because it was presented as a religious opportunity. Being defrauded is awful enough, but doing it in the name of God is really despicable." On June 2, 2010, Pacific Metro, the artist's production company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, one day after defaulting on a $1 million court-imposed payment to the aforementioned Karen Hazlewood and Jeffrey Spinello. A $500,000 payment had been disbursed previously.
From 1997 through 2005, court documents show at least 350 independently owned Kinkade franchises. By May 2005, that number had more than halved. Kinkade received $50 million during this period. An initial cash investment of $80,000 to $150,000 is listed as a startup cost for franchisees.
The Los Angeles Times reported that some of Kinkade's former colleagues, employees, and even collectors of his work said that he had a long history of cursing and heckling other artists and performers. The Times further reported that he openly fondled a woman's breasts at a South Bend, Indiana sales event, and alleged his proclivity for ritual territory marking by urination, once relieving himself on a Winnie the Pooh figure at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim while saying, "This one's for you, Walt." In a letter to licensed gallery owners acknowledging he may have behaved badly during a stressful time when he overindulged in food and drink, Kinkade said accounts of the alcohol-related incidents included "exaggerated, and in some cases outright fabricated personal accusations". The letter did not address any incident specifically.
In 2006, John Dandois, Media Arts Group executive, recounted a story that on one occasion six years previously, Kinkade became drunk at a Siegfried & Roy magic show in Las Vegas and began shouting "Codpiece! Codpiece!" at the performers. Eventually he was calmed by his mother. Dandois also said of Kinkade, "Thom would be fine, he would be drinking, and then all of a sudden, you couldn't tell where the boundary was, and then he became very incoherent, and he would start cussing and doing a lot of weird stuff." In June 2010, Kinkade was arrested in Carmel, California, for driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was later convicted.
Related projects and partnershipsEdit
Kinkade was selected by a number of organizations to celebrate anniversaries, including Disneyland's 50th anniversary, Walt Disney World Resort's 35th anniversary, Elvis Presley's purchase of Graceland 50 years previously and the 25th anniversary of its opening to the public, and Yankee Stadium's farewell 85th season in 2008. Kinkade also paid tribute to Fenway Park.
During 2001, Media Arts unveiled "The Village at Hiddenbrooke," a Kinkade-themed community of homes, built outside of Vallejo, California, in partnership with the international construction company Taylor Woodrow. Salon's Janelle Brown visited the community and found it to be "the exact opposite of the Kinkadeian ideal. Instead of quaint cottages, there's generic tract housing; instead of lush landscapes, concrete patios; instead of a cozy village, there's a bland collection of homes with nothing—- not a church, not a cafe, not even a town square—- to draw them together."
Charities and affiliationsEdit
Kinkade donated to non-profit organizations concerned with children, humanitarian relief, and the arts, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, World Vision, Art for Children Charities, and the Salvation Army. During 2002, he partnered with the Salvation Army to create two charity prints, The Season of Giving and The Light of Freedom. Proceeds from the sale of the prints were donated to the Salvation Army for their relief efforts at the World Trade Center site and to aid the victims of the September 11 attacks and their families in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. More than $2 million was donated as a result of this affiliation.
In 2003, Kinkade was chosen as a National Spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and during the 20 Years of Light Tour in 2004, he raised more than $750,000 and granted 12 wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
In 2005, the Points of Light Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging more people more effectively in volunteer service to help solve serious social problems, named Kinkade as "Ambassador of Light". He was the second person in the Foundation's 15-year history to be chosen as Ambassador, the first being the organization's founder, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush. During his Ambassador of Light Tour, Kinkade visited cities nationwide to increase awareness and raise money for the Points of Light Foundation and the Volunteer Center National Network, which serves more than 360 Points of Light member Volunteer Centers in communities across the country.
Awards and recognitionEdit
Kinkade received many awards for his works, including multiple National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED) awards for Artist of the Year and Graphic Artist of the Year, and his art was named Lithograph of the Year nine times.
In 2002, Kinkade was inducted into the California Tourism Hall of Fame as an individual who had influenced the public's perception of tourism in California through his images of California sights. He was selected along with fellow artists Simon Bull and Howard Behrens to commemorate the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and the 2002 World Series. He was also honored with the 2002 World Children's Center Humanitarian Award for his contributions to improving the welfare of children and their families through his work with Kolorful Kids and Art for Children.
In 2003, Kinkade was chosen as a national spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2004, he was selected for a second time by the Christmas Pageant of Peace to paint the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. The painting, Symbols of Freedom, was the official image for the 2004 Pageant of Peace.
In 2004, Kinkade received an award from NALED recognizing him as the Most Award Winning Artist in the Past 25 Years. In 2005, he was named the NALED Graphic Artist of the Year. He was also recognized for his philanthropic efforts by NALED with the Eugene Freedman Humanitarian Award.
In popular cultureEdit
In Heath and Potter's 2004 book The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed, Kinkade's work is described as "so awful it must be seen to be believed". In Dana Spiotta's 2011 novel Stone Arabia, the main character's boyfriend, an art teacher at a private school in Los Angeles, gives her presents of Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light pieces. "When I asked him why Thomas Kinkade, he just said, 'Well, he is America's most successful artist. And a native Californian as well.' Or he would say, 'His name has a trademark — see?' and he would point to the subscript that appeared after his name." The pieces are "deeply hideous" and "kitschy," but for some reason she loves them.
A self-produced movie about Kinkade, Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage, was released on DVD in late November 2008. The semi-autobiographical story examines the motivation and inspiration behind his most popular painting, The Christmas Cottage. Jared Padalecki plays Kinkade and Marcia Gay Harden plays his mother. Peter O'Toole plays young Kinkade's mentor, who tells him, "Paint the light, Thomas! Paint the light!."
Bob Odenkirk references Thomas Kinkade on his 2014 comedy album Amateur Hour. On the track "The Kids", Odenkirk includes Kinkade's paintings in a litany of things he encourages his children to appreciate when in reality he wants them to reject when they are older.
Kinkade married Nanette Willey in 1982, and the couple had four daughters: Merritt (b. 1988), Chandler (b. 1991), Winsor (b. 1995) and Everett (b. 1997), all named for famous artists. He and his wife had been separated for more than a year before his death in 2012.
Death and legacyEdit
Kinkade's family said initially that he appeared to have died of natural causes. It was reported after an autopsy that he died of "acute intoxication" from alcohol and diazepam (Valium). In corroboration with the autopsy, according to Amy Pinto-Walsh, his girlfriend of 20 months, Kinkade had been at home drinking alcohol the night prior to his death. Pinto-Walsh stated that the artist "died in his sleep, very happy, in the house he built, with the paintings he loved".
Kinkade was survived by his wife, Nanette, who had filed for divorce two years earlier and was traveling in Australia with their daughters: Merritt, Chandler, Winsor and Everett, who later established the Kinkade Family Foundation. Kinkade's brother, Dr. Patrick Kinkade, is a professor in the criminal justice department at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
After Kinkade's death, his wife sought a restraining order against his girlfriend to prevent her from publicly releasing information and photos with respect to Kinkade, his marriage, his business, and his personal behavior that "would be personally devastating" to Kinkade's wife. By the end of the year, in December 2012, Nanette Kinkade and Amy Pinto-Walsh announced they had reached a private agreement.
- Thomas Kinkade and Rick Barnett (2003). The Thomas Kinkade Story, A 20 Year Chronology of the Artist. Bulfinch Press. ISBN 0-8212-2858-7.
- Mike Rosenberg, "Thomas Kinkade, one of nation's most popular painters, dies suddenly in Los Gatos at 54",Mercury News, April 6, 2012
- Matt Flegenheimer (April 7, 2012). "Thomas Kinkade, Artist to Mass Market, Dies at 54". New York Times. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Glaister, Dan (May 9, 2012). "Thomas Kinkade: the secret life and strange death of art's king of twee". theguardian.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
- "Joseph Mallord William Turner". The National Gallery. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
Turner is perhaps the best-loved English Romantic artist. He became known as 'the painter of light', because of his increasing interest in brilliant colors as the main constituent in his landscapes and seascapes.
- G. Eric Kuskey; Bettina Gilois (2014). Billion Dollar Painter: The Triumph and Tragedy of Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light. New York: Weinstein Books. ISBN 978-1-60286-244-9.
- "Thomas Kinkade profile". Notable Names Database. Retrieved March 26, 2006.
- Miller, Laura (March 18, 2002). "The Writer of Dreck™". Salon.com. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
- "Daily Trackside Report — Indianapolis 500 Race Day". indy500.com. May 24, 2009. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
- Reason, Betsy (May 21, 2009). "'Painter of Light' Kinkade will visit". Zionsville Star. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
- Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter. (April 4, 2004). "Painted into a corner?". Los Angeles Times.
- Didion, Joan (2003). Where I Was From. Westminster: Knopf. p. 73.
- "'Donner Lake from the Summit' and other paintings of the Hudson River School". tfaoi.com. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- McGee, Mike. (2004). Thomas Kinkade's Trojan Horse. In: Vallance, Jeffrey (ed). Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth. San Francisco: Last Gasp. ISBN 0-86719-613-0.
- Laura Miller, 'Thomas Kinkade, the George W. Bush of art', Salon.com, April 9, 2012
- Pat Morrison, 'What is the legacy of Thomas Kinkade?', scpr.org, April 10, 2012
- Thomas Kinkade Studios, 'Thomas Kinkade Fraud, thomaskinkadeonline.com, Apr 13, 2011
- "1997 to May 2005 earnings". Dallas Morning News. March 18, 2006. Archived from the original on April 27, 2006.
- Mike Swift, Painter Thomas Kinkade faced turmoil during his final years, San Jose Mercury News, April 8, 2012, accessed April 8, 2012.
- "Thomas Kinkade manufacturing arm files for bankruptcy protection". San Jose Mercury News. June 3, 2010. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012.
- Milmo, Cahal (May 5, 2001). "Kinkade, king of kitsch, coming to a home near you". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on June 27, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
- Perl, Jed (July 14, 2011). "Bullshit Heaven". The New Republic. tnr.com. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Orlean, Susan (April 8, 2012). "Thomas Kinkade: Death of a Kitsch Master". The New Yorker. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
- Miller, Laura (April 9, 2012). "Thomas Kinkade, the George W. Bush of art". Salon.com. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
- Rabin, Nathan. "Commemorative Keepsake Yuletide Case File #152: Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
- Rabin, Nathan (December 23, 2009). "Commemorative Keepsake Yuletide Case File #152: Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
- "The New Yorker Digital Edition : Oct 15, 2001". Archives.newyorker.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Egelko, Bob (June 18, 2009). "Artist's firm on hook for $2.1 million". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 18, 2009.
- Christensen, Kim (February 24, 2006). "Gallery Owners Win Ruling in Kinkade Case". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 19, 2009. — abstract, subscription required for full article
- McKenzie, Bryan (June 19, 2006). "Ex-gallery owners win Kinkade judgment". Charlottesville Daily Progress. Retrieved June 20, 2009.
- "Thomas Kinkade firm seeks bankruptcy protection". chicagotribune.com. June 3, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "Paint By Numbers". thedailybeast.com. May 12, 2002.
- Christensen, Kim (August 29, 2006). "Painter Said to Be Focus of FBI Probe". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 29, 2006. — abstract, subscription required for full article
- DefiantHeart (August 31, 2006). "Thomas Kinkade FBI Investigation". deviantArt. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Jett, Cathy (September 21, 2006). "Virginia Kincade dealers prevail in arbitration". Fredericksburg.com. Archived from the original on June 30, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- "Thomas Kinkade Franchise". FranchiseForSale.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Christensen, Kim (March 5, 2006). "Dark Portrait of a 'Painter of Light'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
- Christensen, Kim (March 9, 2006). "Kinkade Defends Self but Says 'Sorry'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- Matt Stevens, Shelby Grad (April 10, 2012). "Thomas Kinkade died peacefully in sleep, girlfriend says". Los Angeles Times.
- Oldenburg, Ann (June 16, 2010). "Artist Thomas Kinkade arrested for drunken driving". USA Today.
- The Thomas Kinkade Company (2008). Thomas Kinkade: Twenty-Five Years. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-7703-5.
- Light of Freedom benefitting Salvation Army
- Kinkade a spokesman for Make A Wish Foundation, businesswire.com October 30, 2003
- "National Ambassador of Light" Co-Authors Book, thomaskinkadecompany.com June 12, 2006
- Thomas Kinkade Center for the Arts, Waymarking.com April 2003
- "Notable Church of the Nazarene Ministers and Members", christianity.about.com
- "The Religious Affiliation of Famous American Painter Thomas Kinkade", adherents.com Dec 6, 2005
- Heath and Potter (2004). The Rebel Sell : Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed. HarperCollins. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-00-200790-0. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
- Spiotta, Dana (2004). Stone Arabia. Scribner. p. 59.
- Miller, Laura (March 6, 2011). "'Pym': Negroes on ice". Salon.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
- On DVD: Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage, Bringing Cookie-Tin Paintings To Your TV Screen, film.com, November 19, 2008
- "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage". IMDB.com. 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- The House, retrieved March 6, 2019
- Kim Christensen, Thomas Kinkade: Autopsy planned after unexpected death, LAtimes.com, April 8, 2012, Accessed April 8, 2012.
- Rafferty, Michael (April 9, 2012). "Local Artist Thomas Kincaid Dies". mtdemocrat.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Thomas Kinkade
- Lori Preuitt (May 8, 2012). "Alcohol, Drugs Killed Thomas Kinkade: Autopsy". NBC. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
- Oldenburg, Ann (April 10, 2012). "Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend: Artist was 'very happy'". usatoday.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "Thomas Kincaid Died After Night of Heavy Drinking" Archived 2012-04-19 at the Wayback Machine CNN/KTLA News, April 16, 2012.
- Julia Prodis Sulek (April 9, 2012). "Girlfriend says painter Thomas Kinkade died in his sleep". The Mercury News. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
- "See our faculty". Texas Christian University. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
- "Thomas Kinkade's Wife Files Restraining Order Against His Girlfriend" Perez Hilton, April 24, 2012.
- Prodis Sulek, Julia (December 19, 2012). "Secret deal ends girlfriend-wife feud over painter Thomas Kinkade's estate". The Mercury News.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thomas Kinkade.|
- Official website
- Thomas Kinkade at IMDb
- 'Heaven on Earth' for Kinkade fans, Robert L. Pincus, The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 16, 2004
- Landscapes by the Carload: Art or Kitsch?, Tessa DeCarlo, The New York Times, November 7, 1999
- The Kinkade Crusade, Randall Balmer, Christianity Today, December 4, 2000
- 'Painter of Light', not right, Joe Brown, Las Vegas Sun, July 2, 2009
- Thomas Kinkade's American Dream The Saturday Evening Post April, 2003
- Leung, Rebecca (December 5, 2007). "60 Minutes interview". CBS News.
- Thomas Kinkade at Find a Grave