Trail of Painted Ponies "Thunderbird Suite" 1E/7,737
Pony Story: Award-winning artist Joel Nakamura is known for his unique style - a blend of folk art and sophisticated iconography - and for his ability to convey stories in an intricate and engaging manner. Joel chose the Thunderbird myth for his Pony because "It was said that a young warrior who was both brave and fast enough to ride his horse under the Thunderbird's great shadow would gain sacred spiritual powers." Joel's paintings have illustrated articles in publications as divers as Time and Playboy, and his illustrations were featured in the opening and closing programs of the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Item #: 1582
Release Date: Summer 2004
Artist: Joel Nakamura
Size: 6" Tall
Retired: July 2006
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/5642