Born: January 19, 1958
Died: April 6, 2012
Biography: Thomas Kinkade was an American painter of popular realistic, bucolic, and idyllic subjects. He is notable for the mass marketing of his work as printed reproductions and other licensed products via The Thomas Kinkade Company. He characterized himself as Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light, a phrase he protected through trademark but one originally attributed to the English master J.M.W. Turner.