Posted by: cindybythesea | April 8, 2012

Warrior of Light

     Thomas Kinkade, 1958-2012

If there is one thing that sets apart the work of Thomas Kinkade from any other, it would be his usage of light and his ability to draw the viewer in to his work. Creating idyllic scenes in soft pastels, Kinkade captured with the stroke of a brush, the simple beauty of American life as expressed through faith and hope; a theme that still resonates with millions of Americans today, as evidenced, by the tremendous popularity of his work and the millions of dollars in sales his work has generated over the past several years.

But, not everyone understands and appreciates his work and, in fact, the professional art world has been his harshest critic; one referring to his work, as, a “hallmark card” in a frame. And, another inferring his work to be something akin to sinister, even creepy –

“A Kinkade painting was typically rendered in slightly surreal pastels. It typically featured a cottage or a house of such insistent coziness as to seem actually sinister, suggestive of a trap designed to attract Hansel and Gretel. Every window was lit, to lurid effect, as if the interior of the structure might be on fire.”

Can you imagine?  Kinkade’s work, sinister?  I guess for some people, unless art work makes one want to gag or gasp in shock, it really isn’t “art”.  Apparently, anything too hopeful, sweet, kind or inspiring is more frightening than even the raunchiest of art work.  A reaction, I believe, in this case, not to the quality of the work, but, rather of whom, and, what, the work represents.

Kinkade, though not perfect, (as, none of us are) was a self-proclaimed Christian, who called himself a “painter of light” and a warrior of light.”  In a style reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, whom, he very much admired, Kinkade painted an America that is for the most part, a fading memory. An effort on his part, I believe, to draw America back to her roots and to the things that were once good and true in her. His work a beautiful example, I believe, of Philippians 4:8 –

“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things.”

Yes, think on these things.  When, America, is the last time you have thought on these things?  For virtue is more than just an expensive painting hanging on a wall. Virtue is something, we practice each and every day of our lives. We admire, what Kinkade art work represents, but, are we willing to live the kind of lives that make it a reality?  If not, then all, we have done is invested in a very pricey and comforting illusion.

I find it interesting that Mr. Kinkade went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 6, which, was Good Friday.  The day, we observe the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross; the day, the light of the world was extinguished.  And, I wondered on hearing the news of Mr. Kinkade’s death today, if, the light of God’s blessing over America (so prominently displayed in his artwork) was similarly dimmed, if not, extinguished yesterday, as well.  Hmmmm ……. I wonder ……

Thank you, Mr. Kinkade, “warrior of light” for the joy that you brought to so many through your work – may the beauty of heaven and the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, inspire you anew.


“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper, who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Waiting and watching with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy


  1. Cindy, that was very sweet… a nice summary of Thomas Kinkade, with an excellent thoughtful insight to his vision and images of “light”.

    Christ is the “light” of the world. John 12:46 Last night before going to sleep, the Lord reminded me of the passages in John, that speak of the night/darkness that is coming, when no man can work, such as John 12:35. Just as you mentioned in your post, we must remember the “ruler of this world”, is Satan John 12:31,14:30, in efforts to understand this declining morality and darkness we are entering, while the light is still in Him and His light is in us! Alleluia He Is Risen!

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