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Published April 07, 2012, 10:56 AM

Popular Painter Thomas Kinkade Dies at 54

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.

By: John S. Marshall, Associated Press

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