By G. Eric Kuskey
He used to be only one guy, yet Thomas Kinkade finally made extra money from his paintings than some other artist within the background of the realm mixed. His sentimental work of babbling brooks, rural church buildings surrounded through superb fall foliage, and idyllic geographical region cottages have been so renowned within the Nineties that one out of each twenty houses in the USA owned one in every of his prints. With the aid of partnersa former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an bold junior accountant who fancied himself a businessmanKinkade grew to become his artwork right into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing enterprise that traded at the NYSE earlier than it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations.
One half a desirable enterprise tale concerning the upward thrust, and death, of a monetary empire born out of divine notion, one half a dramatic biography, Billion buck Painter is the account of 3 nobodies who made it colossal. one in every of them used to be a guy who, regardless of being a religious Christian who believed his paintings was once a religious strength that may medication the ailing and luxury the terrible in spirit, couldn't retailer his artwork empire, or himself.
Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade's and shut buddy until eventually the artist's dying in 2012, tells Kinkade's tale for the 1st timefrom his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. it is a story of habit and grief, of wasting regulate, and eventually, of the cost of our dreams.
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