Thomas Kinkade (1958, Sacramento - 2012, Monte Sereno) is an American artist who was distinguished by the distribution of printed reproductions of his works. He described himself as "Thomas Kinkade, Artist of Light" (registered trademark) and as "America's most collectible living artist." The main feature of Kinkade's paintings were luminous highlights and rich pastel colors. He portrayed luminous contours, bucolic, idyllic objects such as gardens, streams, stone cottages, city streets in the impressionist style. He also painted pictures on various Christian themes, depicted Christian crosses and churches. Kincaid called himself a "devout Christian" (all his children have a middle name "Christian"). Kinkade said that he gets inspiration from religion and that there is a great moral dimension in his work. He also believed that his task as an artist is to touch people of all faiths in order to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images that he creates.