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APRIL 13, 2012 12:29AM


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What is it with mean–spirited people? !! 

As soon as news sources mentioned the untimely death of American artist Thomas Kinkade, at age 54,  many people started making negative comments about his work.


Mr. Kinkade was a very talented artist, and he cleverly marketed his work.


To the critics, I must ask, did you ever look at one of Kinkade's original paintings up close and touch the surface?  (I did, and used a gloved hand.)  Many years ago, I examined a few of his paintings up close, in a Carmel, California art gallery.  I can tell you that he definitely did have a knack for "putting light" into a painting. 

There was another “Master of Light,” an artist by the name of Edward Szmyd.  You can Google his name to see his work.  Mr. Szmyd died in 2004.  Yet, there still is an active market for his work.  I suspect it will be the same for Mr. Kinkade.  (I had the honor of representing some of his paintings, while I worked at then Gallery Americana in Carmel.  We were told that Mr. Szmyd only did about 15 to 20 paintings a year.  They ranged in price from about $15,000 to $50,000.  It is incorrect to infer that I sold one of his paintings – because his paintings sold themselves.  However, I did write a sale for a $32,000 painting that Mr. Szmyd customized to compliment the buyer's décor.)


I guess that some people still are very jealous of Mr. Kinkade’s talent and success. However, I do believe that in his chase for the cash, he did veer off course just a tad; but, he definitely did make hay while the sun was shining. He did it the old fashioned way – he worked hard and did it himself.  In other words he worked for his success. 


To the critics, have you ever sold a million dollars worth of your art?  No?  – I didn’t think so.


For some people to say that Kinkade’s work is awful schlock is a very ignorant statement.  

I will readily admit that art is in the eye of the beholder. However, negative people (the self-appointed art critics,) are overlooking the FACT that Kinkade did sell many thousands of paintings and prints.

Mr. Kinkade developed a painting formula and procedure that allowed him to work on several paintings at the same time – by going from one to another, to another, etc., and finally back to the first one.  Edward Szmyd did the same thing. 


However, Mr. Kinkade was smart enough to figure out a way to mass produce his original art work.


He might have set his sales goals on the "church crowd" and specifically, people over the age of 50. There are thousands of mostly grey-haired women and some men, who think Kinkade's work is the "bee's knees." Oooops, I just used a term many folks might not know.


If anyone carps about the quality of Kinkade's work, they are not paying homage to his total creativity.  Plus, it sounds like they have a sour grapes attitude.  Many of the critics sound like they always look for the negative instead of reinforcing the positive.


The positive in Kinkade's case is this:  Thomas Kinkade made thousands of people very happy, simply by putting one of his paintings or prints on a wall in their house or office. Very few, if any, of Kinkade’s critics have accomplished that, so they need to kwitbitchin.


Thomas Kinkade will be missed.  Rest In Peace Mr. Kinkade, and, thank you for being who you were, and for having brought some joy to so many people.


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