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William Thomas "Thom" Kinkade, III
Birth: Jan. 19, 1958
Sacramento County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 6, 2012
Monte Sereno
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Thomas Kinkade The Artist

Thomas Kinkade was America's most collected living artist. Coming from a modest background, Kinkade emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his paintings. A devout Christian, Kinkade used his gift as a vehicle to communicate and spread inherent life-affirming values.

It was while growing up in the small town of Placerville, California that these important values were nurtured. He spent a summer on a sketching tour with a college friend, producing the bestselling instructional book, "The Artist's Guide to Sketching". The success of the book landed the two young artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios to create background art for the animated feature film "Fire and Ice". It was also during this time that Kinkade began to explore light and imaginative worlds with abandon.

After the film, Kinkade earned his living as a painter selling his originals in galleries throughout California. In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette K. Willey, and two years later they began to publish art.

2008 marked his 25th anniversary as a published artist who brought faith, hope and the beauty into the lives of millions of people.

Family and Faith

A devoted family man and doting father to four daughters: Merritt Christian (b. 1988), Chandler (b. 1991), Winsor (b. 1995) and Everett "Evie" (b. 1997), all named for famous artists, Kinkade strove to lead a balanced life, committed to family values. Kinkade creatively filled his paintings with "love notes" by adding the letter "N" in his paintings as tribute to his wife Nanette K. Willey. His daughters also found their own messages of love from their father as their names and images often appeared in many of his paintings.

Kinkade credited the Lord for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings. His goal as an artist was to touch people of all faiths, to bring peace, and joy into their lives through the images he created. The letters he received testified to the fact that he was achieving this goal.

Charities and Affiliations

Kinkade was involved in several collaborations with organizations that help a broad cross section of people in need:

Salvation Army - Two special charity prints were created with the proceeds donated to the Salvation Army's General Fund and to help families of those lost in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. during the tragic events of 9/11.

Make-a-Wish Foundation A desire to serve and bring joy into the lives of children, many with life-threatening disabilities, led Kinkade to become the National Spokesman for the Make A-Wish Foundation in 2006. Kinkade's publicity made it possible for many of these children, and their parents, to have the experience of a lifetime.

Victory Junction Gang Camp Through his collaboration with NASCAR's Kyle and Patti Petty, co-founders of the Victory Junction Gang Camp, Kinkade helped bring attention and financial support to a summer camp devoted to children with debilitating illnesses.

Awards and Recognitions

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. His art had been named Lithograph of the Year nine times. In 2004, Kinkade received a special award from NALED recognizing him as the Most Award Winning Artist in the Past 25 years.

Kinkade had been recognized not only for his art, but also for his philanthropic efforts. In 2004, NALED honored Kinkade with the Eugene Freedman Humanitarian Award.

Kinkade had met with the Pope, U. S. Presidents and other well-know dignitaries to convey his hope-filled, life affirming message. His influence knew no bounds.

In lieu of flowers, the Kinkade family asked that donations be given in Thom's name to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide. (Account #105429515.

Burial: 17 APR 2012 
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  William Thomas Kinkade (1918 - 2001)
Note: This memorial, tho a duplicate, was made to contain more info and be more personal of the man, my friend, reflected from better times. -- Richard Stauff
Madronia Cemetery
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Plot: Block: 24B, Row: L, Number 6, Double niche.
GPS (lat/lon): 37.25258, -122.03607
Created by: Richard Stauff
Record added: Jan 31, 2013
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William Thomas Thom Kinkade, III
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 Added: Jan. 30, 2015
It's with a sad heart that such the wonderful talent of this man leave us at such an early age. He shared the beauty of the world through his painting. This talented man will deeply be missed by the world. "The Painter of light" will live on in his painti...(Read more)
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