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Thomas Kinkade dies at 54; 'Painter of Light' worked to project 'serene simplicity'
Thomas Kinkade dies at 54; 'Painter of Light' worked to project 'serene simplicity'

Thomas Kinkade, the self-styled "Painter of Light" who died Friday at 54, once said he worked to "create images that project a serene simplicity." But despite his astonishing commercial success with luminous seascapes and paintings of cottages and street scenes, Kinkade's life in many ways was neither serene nor simple. Millions of his paintings and prints hang in homes around the world, popularity that translated to more than $50 million in earnings for the artist from 1997 to 2005 alone. Lauded for his generosity, he once gave an Anaheim widow $25,000 worth of his art to replace what she'd lost in a fire. "He lived life to the fullest," said Ken...

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