SIOUX CITY | A pumpkin a Sioux City woman painted with host Jimmy Fallon's likeness is expected to appear on "The Tonight Show" Friday.
Artist Brenda Schoenherr-Thelen and her pumpkins were featured in the October edition of Siouxland Life magazine. Schoenherr-Thelen, who is known affectionately as the "pumpkin lady," has been painting pumpkins since she was a teenager. She runs a home day care and also teaches classes at the Sioux City Art Center.
Schoenherr-Thelen's artificial pumpkin that depicts Fallon as Count Dracula was shipped to the show by Sioux City's NBC affiliate KTIV. Fallon's announcer Steve Higgins also graces the round, orange surface as a green sea monster along with drummer Questlove as a werewolf, real-estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump as Frankenstein and the infamous courtroom sketch of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
"I screamed," Schoenherr-Thelen said of her reaction when she learned her art would be appearing on national TV. "And all the day care kids and I danced."
Schoenherr-Thelen paints more than 100 pumpkins every fall for weddings, baby showers and other occasions. Witches and Count Dracula are popular requests among clients, but Schoenherr-Thelen said she's been asked to paint Lady Gaga, wildlife and childhood homes on pumpkins as well.
"To make it on Jimmy Fallon to me is big-time, and it's a really huge honor. I'm so excited, and I'm still in shock," Schoenherr-Thelen said. "In a million years I didn't think it would make it on there."
This isn't the first time Schoenherr-Thelen's work has caught a TV producer's eye. The mosaic portrait she created of legal commentator and HLN host Nancy Grace from 9 pounds of jelly beans appeared on "Nancy Grace" in 2009.
"The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" airs at 10:30 p.m. Friday on KTIV, channel 4.