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'Painter of Light' Artist Thomas Kinkade Dies at Age 54



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One of America's most popular artists, Thomas Kinkade, died at his home in Los Gatos Friday, according to a statement.

He was 54-years-old. Kinkade's family said his death appeared to be from natural causes.

"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,'' his wife, Nanette, said. "We are shocked and saddened by his death.'

Kinkade lived with his wife and was the father of four girls, according to his website.

"Thomas Kinkade, the celebrated 'Painter of Light' is one of the most widely collected and beloved artists of our day," Kinkade's website states. "Each year millions of people are drawn to the luminous light and tranquil mood of Kinkade's paintings and include his creations in their lives through prints, books, and other fine collectibles."

Kinkade's paintings are hanging in an estimated 1 out of every 20 homes in the US, the Mercury News reported.

The UC Berkeley graduate had a strong faith in God, which served as the foundation for his artwork.

"I try to create paintings that are a window for the imagination," Kinkade said on his website. "If people look at my work and are reminded of the way things once were or perhaps the way they could be, then I've done my job