Death of Thomas Kinkade

January 19, 1958 - April 6, 2012
Los Gatos, California | Age 54

'Painter of Light' dies in California
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JOHN S. MARSHALL, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy.

And he won success with brushwork paintings that focused on idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches — highly popular works that became big sellers for dealers across the United States.

The self-described "Painter of Light," who died Friday at age 54, produced sentimental...

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