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Thomas Kinkade
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    (January 19, 1958-April 6, 2012)
    Works include 'Dawson,' 'New York, 5th Avenue,' 'Cobblestone Mill,' 'The Light of Freedom,' 'Sweetheart Gazebo,' 'Pathway to Paradise,' 'Almost Heaven,' 'Split Rock Light,' 'Hour of Prayer,' 'A Perfect Summer Day' and 'Peaceful Retreat'
    Co-Wrote 'The Artist's Guide to Sketching'
    Background Artist for 'Fire and Ice (1983)'
    Formed 'Lightpost Publishing (1989)'
    Published 'Lightposts For Living (1999)'
    He hides the letter 'N' in his paintings as a tribute love note to his wife, Nanette, his childhood sweetheart.
    He often hides his four daughters images or names within his paintings as a tribute love note for them.
    Many magazines often use too many inserts for ordering his paintings and miniature sculptures.
    He used the brush name, Robert Girrard (1984 - 1989), in order to 'experiment with artistic freedom.'
    He has a mobile 'Touring Museum.'
    He has been dubbed 'The Painter of Light' due to the way light appears to rise from his paintings.
    He was inducted into the United States's Art Hall of Fame (1999).
    He is considered by many to be the United States's most collected currently alive artist.
    Visa credit cards displaying his artwork are available.
    There are puzzles of his paintings.
    The light in his paintings is said to reflect his strong religious values and inspirations.
    He attended the University of California and
    the Art Center College of Design.
    He has been awarded various honorable awards for his works and charity.

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