The American Bison

American Bison painting
© Copyright 2020 – Present

Size: 24″ w x 18″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description:  A wildlife painting depicting the American Bison out on the open range. This artwork is composed on gallery wrap canvas, which means it does not need a frame because the painted composition extends around the edges of the canvas. Hand-painted and signed by fine artist Teresa Bernard.

See Artist Comments below for additional information regarding this painting.

painting of an American Bison
Not to scale

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Artist Comments

The story behind this American Bison painting begins in 2016. It is the year the American Bison became America’s official national mammal. It is also in the summer of that same year, we traveled to Rapid City, South Dakota, on a family vacation. While there, we made it a point to visit Custer State Park, where several herds of American bison roam freely. We just had to see these magnificent animals up close, and we were not disappointed.

Upon entering the park, a ranger told us to keep a safe distance and be conscious that this park is their home. We, humans, are the visitors, at least from the bison’s point of view. We drove through the park and were privileged to watch a herd of the largest mammal in North American crossing the road just a few feet ahead of our vehicle. They took my breath away. I wanted to exit the car and approach them, but that would not have been wise because Bison are massive wild animals that can become easily startled and behave aggressively to what they perceive as an approaching predator.

I’m amazed by the Bison, they are truly a favorite animal of mine. I created this painting of the American Bison several years later after returning home from this trip.

American Bison, Where Are They Today?

In the 1500s, an estimated 30 to 60 million bison were living in North America. Today, approximately 200,000 bison live in all 50 states, including Native American lands, wildlife refuges, national parks, and private lands. The top five states where bison roam are South Dakota (where the largest population is), Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The largest bison herd is in Yellowstone National Park, where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times. What makes Yellowstone’s bison herd so special is that they are pure blood descendants of the early bison that grazed on America’s grassy plains.

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“Bison are dangerous. Don’t get “up close” to them. We ran the Bill Cody Ranch for a while. One day someone drove up in a minivan with a broken off buffalo horn sticking out of the side of the van. They had been up in Yellowstone Park, pulled off the side of the road to look at buffalo, and had opened the side door to take pictures. The flash set one of them off, and he charged the van. They managed to get the door closed just before he hit.” — Paul47, Rural Life, Gab

“I love South Dakota, just everything about it. Your painting captures my memories beautifully.” — blewmom, Rural Life, Gab

“Awesome Artwork, …wonderful paintings in naturalism…my compliments.” — Fred Baniago, NATURE & ANIMALS, MeWe

“Teresa, that’s a beautiful painting! Thanks for sharing. I liked South Dakota when I was there years ago too.” — Muriel Kuri, The Good Morning Brigade, Gab

“You have great talent!” — John Groulik, ART: REALISM AND HYPERREALISM STYLES (ONLY), MeWe

“Nice painting, bison is my favorite animal.” — Víctor Murillo, Rural Life, Gab

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