Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

THOMAS KINKADE began his print sales business when Friends of theLibrary commissioned him to make this painting of Placerville set in about 1916. Democrat photo by ShellyThorne


No. 9 Thomas Kinkade dies

By From page A13 | January 04, 2013

The sad and somewhat tawdry end of Thomas Kinkade, the “painter of light,” who grew up in Placerville, created a standoff between his estranged wife and the girlfriend who was with him when he died April 6 from a combination of Valium and alcohol.

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