Saturday, April 01, 2006

Dark Portrait of a 'Painter of Light' - Los Angeles Times

Oh, dear. My apologies to any Kinkade fans, but I have always been a little cynical about the "painter of light," especially the way he uses Christianity as a marketing tool. (And why are there no people of color in his "idealized" paintings?) Anyway, this just goes to show that public behavior will always come back to haunt you.

Dark Portrait of a 'Painter of Light' - Los Angeles Times: "On the eve of the broadcast, Sheppard said, he and Kinkade returned to the Disneyland Hotel after a night of heavy drinking. As they walked to their rooms, according to Sheppard and another person who was there, Kinkade veered toward a nearby figure of a Disney character.

'Thom wanders over to Winnie the Pooh and decides to 'mark his territory,' ' Sheppard told The Times.

In a deposition, the artist alluded to his practice of urinating outdoors, saying he 'grew up in the country' where it was common. When pressed about allegedly relieving himself in a hotel elevator in Las Vegas, Kinkade said it might have happened."

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