Thunder in the Mountains

Thunder Mountains

Art Notes

A steady drumbeat echoes through the mountains, louder than the roar of the waterfall that rushes down the ravine through which the pounding sound bounces. A train is passing in the river’s gorge. On it are travelers filled with excitement and a sense of adventure that only a ride on the rails can provide. Creatures of the forest stop to listen and watch while two fishermen cast a line at the water’s edge. It is a scene melding the majesty of indomitable nature and the efforts of humankind to tame it. It is also a visualized moment that speaks to my own sense of wanderlust and is reminiscent of sojourns taken long ago in my childhood.

Thunder in the Mountains is the first painting in the Stories from the Rails collection, a series of oils paying homage to the railroading tradition and what the steam whistle’s call does to the listener’s heart. I hope you will all join me on this journey as I explore the steel ribbon that connects cities and towns to each other and the world’s wild spaces to both. “All aboard!” And thank you for sharing my adventure in art.

  • Thunder in the Mountains is the first Limited Edition Art in Zac Kinkade’s series Stories from the Rails. This collection pays tribute to the railroading tradition and the sense of adventure that traveling by rail evokes.
  • The P.N.W. Express refers to the Pacific Northwest, where Zac lived and created many of his early published paintings. The landscape portrayed in the background is that of the Rocky Mountains, through which railways run, connecting Zac’s former beloved home to his current residence and studio in Texas.
  • The number 21 on the locomotive engine reference 2021, the year in which Zac painted Thunder in the Mountains.
  • Zac Kinkade is known for including wildlife in his masterworks. Can you find the grizzly bear, bobcat, elk, and bald eagle?

Limited Edition Canvas Availability
12 x 16
18 x 24
30 x 40
Pricing & Availability

Frame Options

We offer 14 different frame options to choose from. Visit one of our galleries and work with one of our experienced Art Consultants to get help selecting the perfect frame.

Antique Gold Frame

Antique Gold

Burl Frame


Dark Walnut Frame

Dark Walnut

Brandy Frame


Aurora Gold Frame

Aurora Gold

Rustic Andalucian Frame

Rustic Andalucian

Carrisa Frame


City Black Frame

City Black

Aurora Copper Frame

Aurora Copper

Estate Bronze Frame

Estate Bronze

Cabernet Frame


Caramel Frame


Dark Pewter Frame

Dark Pewter

Brushed Gold Frame

Brushed Gold

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