Landscape painter Thomas Kinkade busted for drunk driving
June 16, 2010 Leave a comment
Police initially pulled over the Mercedes driven by artist Thomas Kinkade in the city of Carmel last weekend because the car didn’t have a front license plate, Sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Richards told The Herald.Police then detected the smell of alcohol and conducted a sobriety test during which Kinkade, 52, “displayed signs of impairment to the officer,” California Highway Patrol spokesman Robert Lehman said.
Kinkade was arrested and spent one night in jail. He was released the next day after posting bail.
Known as the “Painter of Light”, Kinkade’s paintings depict mountain landscapes, pastoral cottages, churches, and seascapes, as well as a line of “inspirational” images tied to religion or patriotism. On his website, Kinkade claims to be “America’s most collected living artist” who “credits the Lord for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings.”