Sunday, December 31, 2000
The late Thomas Kinkade’s girlfriend, Amy Pinto-Walsh, has broken a confidentiality agreement that she signed last year. The agreement was sined in February 2011 – Pinto-Walsh was referred to as his companion and personal assistant who was privy to “trade secrets.” She talked to reporters after Kinkade was found dead in his home and has threatened to reveal Kinkade’s business and secrets. Windemere Holdings, the trustee and executor of Kinkade’s estate, is trying to keep her quiet, and notes that her threats are attempts to achieve money and fame at the expense of Kinkade’s wife and four daughters.
Kinkade is best known for his storybook images and made millions selling his works. Kinkade lived a volatile lifestyle, and his relationship with Pinto-Walsh was no exception. He was a generous philanthropist, but he was also known as a belligerent drunk. Pinto-Walsh had been dating Kinkade 18 months prior to his death. On the morning of April 6, she called the police reporting that Kinkade was not breathing and had been drinking all night. Later she told reporters that he died in this sleep with the woman he loved and that a heart condition was a cause of his death.
In response to all of Pinto-Walsh’s communications with the media, on April 16, a judge granted a 15-day restraining order against the girlfriend. Kinkade’s brother was surprised to hear about the restraining order. One of Kinkade’s bodyguards is not surprised and reports that Pinto-Walsh is prone to “impulsive and erratic” behavior. A close friend of the Kinkade family is also shares the bodyguard’s concern.
See Julia Prodis Sulek, Lawyers for Artist’s Estate Portray Thomas Kinkades’s Girlfriend as Gold-Digger, The Edge, Apr. 25, 2012.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.