The artist died of natural causes at his home in the town of Los Gatos, in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California, as reported by MercuryNews of Los Gatos
Kinkade, also known as the “painter of light”
usually painted quiet scenes of rural vegetation and rivers, country cottages, beautiful gardens and biblical passages. Although his style was often lashed by art critics as kitschy, the treatment of light in his landscapes were highly prized by the American middle class.
Thomas Kinkade's paintings adorn about 10 million U.S. and Canadian homes. He was a very prolific painter capturing sales of $ 100 million a year.
“Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with the beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage,"
said Kinkade in an interview with CBS 60 Minutes
"There's been million-seller books and million-seller CDs. But there hasn't been, until now, million-seller art," he added, according to 60 Minutes. "We have found a way to bring to millions of people, an art that they can understand."