By G. Eric Kuskey

The unimaginable real tale of artist Thomas Kinkade, self-described “Painter of Light,” and the dramatic upward push —and fall—of his billion-dollar gallery and licensing business.
 
He used to be only one guy, yet Thomas Kinkade eventually made more cash from his paintings than another artist within the background of the realm mixed. His sentimental work of babbling brooks, rural church buildings surrounded through amazing fall foliage, and idyllic nation-state cottages have been so renowned within the Nineties that one out of each twenty houses in the USA owned considered one of his prints. With the aid of partners—a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an bold junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman—Kinkade became his artwork right into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing enterprise that traded at the NYSE ahead of it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations.
 
One half a desirable company tale in regards to 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 giant. considered one of them used to be a guy who, regardless of being a religious Christian who believed his paintings was once a religious strength which may medication the ailing and luxury the negative in spirit, couldn't keep his artwork empire, or himself.

Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade's and shut buddy till the artist's demise in 2012, tells Kinkade's tale for the 1st time—from his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. it is a story of dependancy and grief, of wasting regulate, and eventually, of the cost of our dreams.

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