March 12, 2006
Thomas Kinkade: bringing Christian family values to a bar near you:
In a letter e-mailed to his licensed gallery owners this week, the artist accused “disgruntled ex-dealers” and a former employee of launching “media attacks” on him. But he also said he might have behaved badly during a stressful time, now behind him, during which he overindulged in food and drink and gained 50 pounds.
“If during this period I ever offended anybody, I am sorry — anyone who knows me knows I always try my best to be loving,” he wrote in response to an article in The Times in which some ex-gallery owners and others painted a harsh portrait of the self-proclaimed “Painter of Light.”
“The good news is I learned many valuable lessons from that phase of my life,” Kinkade wrote. “With God’s help and the support of my family and friends, I have returned balance to my life. And if you have seen me lately you know I have lost over 50 pounds and I feel terrific.”
In sworn testimony and interviews with The Times, some ex-dealers have accused Kinkade — whose dreamily inspirational limited-edition prints are steeped in Christian-oriented themes of faith and family values — of ruining them financially while enriching himself and his business associates.
They and others also described incidents in which an allegedly drunken Kinkade heckled illusionists Siegfried and Roy; cursed a former employee’s wife who came to his side when he fell off a barstool; fondled a startled woman’s breasts at a signing party; and urinated on a Winnie the Pooh figure at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
… Terry Sheppard, a former company vice president who is the “angry ex-employee” Kinkade referred to in this week’s letter, earlier told The Times that he often went to bars and strip clubs with the artist and once heard him utter, “This one’s for you, Walt,” as he relieved himself on the Disney figure.
As these are all solidly Christian activities, we shouldn’t be too hard on him. And frankly, Winnie the Pooh had it coming, given that he was likely a Muslim extremist.
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