interesting post on Kinkade back in 2010, and I pass along his discovery. Carter explains that Thomas Kinkade was once a neo-impressionist painter of some talent. Then he figured out that what people wanted on their walls was not art so much as solidified sentimentality. The two pictures above are both by Kinkade, the one on the left done in 1998, the one on the right in 2004. Notice how the treatment of light changed, from something that radiates from identifiable sources to an undefined glow that shines out of everything.