Watch Freda create one of the works in the video above.

“Thomas Kinkade, to me, represents a kind of shallow, and meaningless patriotism,” Freda tells ANIMAL. “He is the visual equivalent of chanting ‘USA!’ or slogans like ‘support the troops’ while also supporting the fraudulent pretexts that are sending our brave soldiers into harm’s way.”

Freda originally planned to make his modifications right in the gallery, without buying the paintings, but ultimately decided he “won’t be very effective in prison,” he says. Now, he’s traveling to Kinkade’s retail outlets all over the country, purchasing the work and doing everything legally, and hopes to mail stencils to anyone who’d like to join the project.

Though Freda’s work targets Kinkade directly, he doesn’t have any beef with the “Painter of Light” himself–just the safe, unchallenging version of America he presents. “I don’t hate the man, or even some of his work. He was clearly a marketing genius,” Freda says. “I want to awaken the true patriotic spirit of Americans by exposing the fact that war crimes are being committed in our names and that the liberties that made this country  special are systematically being dismantled before our eyes.”