“Like a single sunbeam on a warm summer day, there is an exuberance and brilliance in a sunflower.” – Unknown
The founder of our Studio, Thomas Kinkade, loved to explore the world around him. He never ventured anywhere without a notepad and a pencil in his pocket so he could sketch what he saw. What might Thom, or any artist from his atelier, capture on canvas if they were to ramble upon a huge sunflower field? The artists of Thomas Kinkade Studios pondered this question, explored some of our nation’s beautiful farmlands, and put paint to canvas to create Sunflower Fields.
Imagine waking up every morning to bright sunshine and watching the sunflowers pivot to face the sun moving across the sky from east to west. The sounds of the metal windmill spinning as it pulls water from the well to feed the corn field, vegetable garden, grape vines, and sunflowers brings feelings of joy and relaxation to visitors. Even the cows grazing in the back pasture are enjoying the warmth of the sun.
- Although Thomas Kinkade and the Thomas Kinkade Studios have captured scenes from America’s heartland in masterworks like Country Living, Sunset at Riverbend Farm, Red Barn Retreat, and Summer’s Heritage, Sunflower Fields marks the first time the Thomas Kinkade Studios has portrayed these beautiful flowers.
- Did you know that farms in North Dakota and South Dakota are the United States’ leading growers of sunflowers, followed by Minnesota?
- In addition to the cows, can you find the family of chickens in Sunflower Fields?
- Do you see the pair of bunnies? (Hint: Look near the grape vines.)
- A kitten rests on the steps, two rocking chairs sit on the porch, the windows are filled with light, and a heart is painted on the front door, symbolizing the love of the family that lives in the home.
- 1958 is painted on the mailbox, a tribute to Thomas Kinkade, who was born that year.