Sunday, April 8

Artist Thomas Kinkade Dies at 54

THOMAS KINKADE (Jan. 19, 1958 - April 7, 2012)
"Painter of Light" artist Thomas Kinkade has passed away Friday, April 7, at home in Los Gatos, Calif. The popular artist was 54 at the time of his death attributed to natural causes. He is survived by wife, Nanette, and daughters, Merritt, Chandler, Winsor and Everett.

Known for his warm, inviting cottage, church and landscape paintings, Kinkade also created the 2009 program cover for the Indianapolis 500's 100th anniversary celebration. Click here for post.
Kinkades & Musgrave/Indy 500 gal
About the honor of painting the artwork for the celebratory event's program, Kinkade told me at the gala he had inserted the figures of well known individuals, including artist Norman Rockwell, in the stands for fun.

The artist became one of the most successful commercial artists, often criticized as being too commercial, creating the gallery retail franchise which sold his works in malls throughout the world.

For more information about Kinkade's works, visit 

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adv on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published on and in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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