Thomas Kinkade is known as “the painter of light” because he dabs little bits of light into his cottage themed artwork. And sometimes he dabs little crosses or messages that speak to us of the timeless beauty of both Christ and thatched roofs. So we love him. That’s why there are tons of Kinkade stores in malls across the country and more than 2,000 items for sale on Amazon.com. Do we mind that he doesn’t create the paintings himself anymore? Nah. Is it weird that a home developer built a Thomas Kinkade themed neighborhood? Nah. Should I quit writing, grow a wise looking beard and start painting? Probably.