Space…The Next Frontier

outer space oil painting

© Copyright 2017 – Present

Size: 24″ x 18″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: An original oil painting depicting outer space travel… the next frontier. Gallery wrap means the canvas wraps around the support which allows the artist to paint around the edges of the painting. And it also means this painting will not require a frame for hanging.


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$420 Plus S/H




Artist Comments: I love sci-fi movies like Star Trek, Star Gate, and Star Wars; just about any story where space travel is involved. In fact, I think I should have grown up to be an astronaut instead of an artist…. well maybe. The bottom line is, I absolutely love adventure and to me traveling through the far reaches of outer space would be the ultimate in adventure. 

In addition to loving the idea of space travel, I am very interested in our national space program. I’m amazed at the many modern inventions we take for granted that has been made possible because of space technology.  Inventions like long-distance telecommunications, water filters, invisible braces, scratch-resistant lenses used in our eyeglasses, and even memory foam used to make our mattresses. Also solar energy and the insulation used in our attics and walls, as well as, portable cordless vacuums, workout equipment, and CatScans. Even smoke detectors, cordless tools, and artificial limbs, to name just a few. Indeed space exploration has created new markets and new technologies that have spurred economic growth and enriched our lives in many ways.

Check out this website for a list of those inventions.


Night Sky Over Delicate Arch

Delicate Artch, Arches National Park, Utah oil painting

© Copyright 2017 – Present

Size: 6″ x 6″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A nighttime representation of Delicate Arch, Arches National Park with the vastness of outer space used as a backdrop. Gallery wrap means the canvas wraps around the support. This allows the artist to paint around the edges of the painting. This painting will  not require a frame for hanging.


Purchasing Information
$120 Plus S/H




Artist Comments: This painting is a depiction of Delicate Arch against the night sky. Delicate Arch is a 65-foot-tall by 45-foot-wide natural arch located in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. This particular arch is the largest free-standing arch in the park. It is the most visited of all the 2000 geological formations within the park and receives visitors from all around the world. Through the years, the arch has had more than a few names, from “Cowboy’s Chaps”, “Schoolmarms Bloomer’s”, and “Old Maid’s Bloomers” to the prosaic “Salt Wash Arch”. The current name “Delicate” was given to the arch in 1934. The arch was formed by gradual wearing away of the sandstone by weathering and erosion. The other arches in the park were formed in the same manor. Delicate Arch is the most famous of all the arches in the national park and has become a symbolic icon for the state if Utah.

More information about the arch can be found by visiting this website.

Anyone who has visited this national park would probably agree it looks like the terrain of some faraway planet. I had the opportunity to visit this marvelous park in my younger days and it was a fascinating place that I definitely want to visit again someday.


Feedback From Satisfied Customers

comments from happy customersRead what satisfied customers and art collectors are saying about their Teresa Bernard oil paintings. Thanks to the Internet Teresa has sold her paintings all across America and around the world.  If you own one of her paintings we would love to hear from you too! Email us your comments and we’ll add them here.

• “Teresa, just wanted to let you know that the painting arrived and it’s absolutely phenomenal!! Thank you again.” — K. Burke, Erie PA

• “Teresa, I received the painting in good order. Very nice and a good gift. Thank you and Merry Christmas!” — B. Kuller, Rockford IL

• “Teresa, the painting arrived and it looks wonderful! I can’t wait to see my wife’s reaction this weekend.” — R. Draper, Granville IL

• “Painting has arrived. I am pleased to add it to my collection. Thank you.” — H. Shaw, Winston Salem NC

• “I wanted you to know that I received the painting and presented it to Jim and he loved it! Thank you so much for all of your time and effort. It was well worth the wait!” — A. Boutillier, Morristown NJ

• “I received my painting! Thank you very much, it’s a beautiful work of art!” — P. Cooper, Yokosuka, Japan

• The painting looks phenomenal in my living room and is a wonderful conversation piece. All my guests just rave about it. — C. Dalton, South Pasadena CA

• The painting just arrived and we absolutely love it! Thanks so much for painting such a lovely work of art for us. We’ll cherish it forever! — T. Phillips, Hampton VA


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Feedback From Art Teachers and Art Students

feedback from art teachers and students of the artsRead the feedback we receive from art teachers and students of the fine arts all over the world. This website contains a wealth of information and it’s all free. Many write to say how much they appreciate that. We would love to hear from you too! Email your comments.

• “I have known about the Good Design Principle lessons by artist Teresa Bernard for several years, and I am continually impressed. Recently I have shared several of them with my graphic design students.” — Dr. Richard D. Sheridan, Assistant Professor Wilberforce University, Ohio.

• “Good afternoon! My name is Maria Kline and I’m the proud visual arts teacher at Ninos Heroes Elementary in Chicago. During March (Women’s History Month) my 1st and 2nd grade students were learning about different women artists and I stumbled across you during research. My students used your lovely work to compare and contrast landscapes, and created mountain river scenes by combining their favorite elements. They got so into it that we spent weeks on making different landscapes. I just wanted to send you a little thank you for the inspiration, the kids loved your artwork! Best wishes, M. Kline

P. S. If you’d like to see pictures I’m happy to send them along!” — Maria Kline, Visual Arts Teacher Ninos Heroes Elementary, Chicago, IL

• “Hi Teresa I am writing all the way from Cape Town, South Africa. I just love your site; thank you for all you make available. Being an artist myself (not professional), I found the information extremely valuable and what a joy to look at your artwork. There are many, many questions I wish I could ask you (over many cups of coffee!), but I was wondering if you have a newsletter? I am not on Facebook or any other social network, but if that is the only other way to be exposed to your work, I will try my best to learn that skill. Once again, thank you for what you are willing to share.” — Adele, Cape Town, South Africa


white dog pet portraitThe Large White Dog
Pet Painting by Teresa Bernard
16″ x 20″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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• “I am a student in the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana. Pursuing ART EDUCATION. I find your website very interesting and educative and would like to hear from you.” — Jake Eshun, Winneba, Ghana

• “I just had to email you to let you know how grateful I am for your principle of good design lessons. I am studying for a big art exam and your lessons are a great study aid. So clear and concise with great visual examples. I consider myself very lucky to have come across your website. Thank you so very much.” — Alice B.

• “I’m a current student at Texas A&M and I came across your site. I first want to say I admire your work tremendously! I’m a beginning oil painter and I just finished a painting of a white tail buck.” — David A., College Station TX

• “I am a freshman at (name withheld) Junior High school. Your work has really inspired me to just paint and see what happens. I’m not sure why but I can just hope it turns out as good as one of yours. I love how real your paintings look. They look like they were taken with a camera. I especially like the clownfish one. How it’s coming up out of that plant. It reminds me of Finding Nemo.” — Tylee K.

• “I really admire your work. I’m an artist that works with a lot of subject matter like you do. I’m going to school right now for graphic design. Thank you for inspiring me. :)” — Sam G., Dallas TX

• “You have a wonderful Website and beautiful paintings. You are truly an Artist. I just put you under my favorite web category so I can refer back to your Art School Info. and view your paintings any time I want. They are all beautiful but I must say, my favorite is the portrait of your husband. He seems to be in heaven, I only wish I was standing right next to him. Keep up the great work. Sincerely Frank.” — Frank C., Cornwall NY

• “I am not an Artist but I am learning to oil paint this message is to congratulate you for your wonderful work, I admire you!” — Jenny A., North Bergen NJ

• “You have beautiful work. Hope to be as good some day. I’ve only been painting for a year now. Keep doing what you love. To paint. God bless.” — Gary, Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada


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Feedback From Fellow Artists and Art Galleries

feedback from fellow artists and art galleriesIt’s always great to receive feedback from my peers. Read what fellow artists and art galleries are saying about my oil paintings. I would love to hear from you too! Email your comments to me.

• “Your paintings are great. I paint oil landscapes. I have been painting in oil for about six years.” — Kirk W., Texas

• “I am emailing you because I have been to your web site and from one artist to another was very impressed with the quality of your work. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your web site, and will visit your site again in the future.” — Lynn W., Stony Mountain, Manitoba Canada

• “I went to your website and took a look at your work. Very nice. There is a definite peaceful and devotional feel to your religious pieces. I bookmarked your website. One day we plan on expanding into art that is more traditional and realistic. If you still have your website, I’m sure we will be in touch.” — Susan Hooks, Director of White Stone Gallery

• “I saw your website and the beautiful paintings. They are wonderful. I am 50 now. Any kind of art used to be my hobby especially drawing, rangoli, decorative art, etc. But I did not do much till now. Of late I have started painting. I do Tanjore paintings professionally.” — Vimala J., India


tractor tire oil paintingTractor Tire
Still Life by Teresa Bernard
12″ x 16″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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• “I came across your [Web] page and it was a pleasant surprise. I’m a painter too and although my style is different from yours I can relate to your work because it has a lot of atmosphere. I find it poetic. Very romantic but a bit dramatic which makes it more interesting.” — Carmen U., San Juan, Puerto Rico

• “I came across your site this A.M. and was delighted with your story of you and your father. How much we owe to loving parents! I have been painting watercolor 20 years now, but am always interested in the principles of design and was thrilled to see how much info. you are offering freely, as your father gave freely to you of his life. I especially love your painting of Heceta Head Lighthouse as I live just 15 min. down the road from there. You have captured it beautifully. I have put it in as one of my screen savers, so I can see it every day. Thank you for blessing the world with your gift.” — Mae P., Florence OR

• “I just visited your website for the first time today. You have created some very lovely paintings. I am new to the ‘art world’. I’m 44 years old and had never picked up a paint brush (other than to paint a room in my home) until this past summer. I found a passion that I never knew I had. I appreciate all of the information that you’ve so freely given on your website. I have your site marked as one of my favorites and will be visiting often. Thanks a bunch! Best wishes for a successful future!” — Marty M., Kentucky

• “I saw your paintings and I liked it, specially still life. But wild life is more like illustration. I am graphic artist from Delhi, India. Now I have decided to work on canvas.” — Shubnam G., Delhi, India

• “Hi, can’t say enough about your work and enjoyed your seascapes. I live on the coast in Nova Scotia and paint with oils as well. Light houses are my favorite subject.” — Rex, Nova Scotia, Canada

• “I’ve been particularly interested in seeing the sites of realistic oil painters. I’ve been painting and teaching since the mid 70’s. Your work is lovely. One of my favorite paintings is the Heceta Head Lighthouse. The Oregon Coast is one of my favorite subjects too!” — Donna S., Washington

• “You are in my art directory. I am a landscape and seascape oil/acrylic painter. I also draw buildings in pen and ink, charcoal and pencil. I enjoy looking at other artists’ work. I can’t watercolor, though. You do very nice work. Keep on painting.” — Michelle B., Cleveland OH

• “Often when I have my morning coffee I will search the net for artists. I oil paint. I was in Oregon last summer, your pictures of the Oregon coast by the sea lions is the best I have seen of that view. Your Heceta Head Lighthouse is just beautiful. I painted the coast picture also. You are an inspiration to me.” — Patricia B., Pontiac MI

• “I enjoy art making and am presently working in soft pastel on still life subjects. I really enjoyed your Communion Table still life and am further motivated to continue to give God all glory in my work. Your work reminded me of special symbolism in still life about which I had forgotten. Thank you! God bless you.” — Tina, Australia


light house monument palo duro canyon state parkLighthouse Monument, Palo Duro Canyon
Landscape by Teresa Bernard
16″ x 12″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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• “What a great treat your site is. Your art work is the best I’ve seen as I search different artist’s sites. I too am an artist. My medium is watercolour and pencil as my favorites. I have done acrylic and Rembrandt pastel paintings too. The variety of your paintings is a real testament to your life and I am really pleased to see a fellow artist have such a wonderful time with your art.” — Peter W., Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada

• “Wonderful art work. You are very talented! I am also a painter so I can spot a talented artist.” — Sandy W., College Station TX

• “Beautiful work. I am an artist also I was just looking around at different sites. Very nice and good luck with your art.” — Brian M., Marshalls Creek PA

• “I love your artwork. I do oil paintings myself and wish I could paint even half as good as you. May God continue to bless you.” — Tennessee Toler


UPDATED: 03 October 2016
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Feedback From Around The World

comments around the worldFans from all over the world have sent in their comments about my oil paintings. I share those comments here in this post. I would love to hear from you too! When you write be sure to include where you are from. Click on link to email your comments.

• “Your web-site is a testament to your passion and talent. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit and was struck by your range of subjects, and the way you have handled them. My warmest congratulations!!” — David H., Christchurch, New Zealand

• “Great site and Art! Have you done any imaginary or surreal work? I can see your work progressing to that next level; your lines and color are very strong almost visionary like in dreams where everything is ’emphasized’. Anyway, keep painting, you obviously have the talent and skill.” — Arnold I., Saskatoon SK, Canada

• “Had a very enjoyable browse. We will be returning to your gallery again. But we will have to talk to our custom & excise department. Re charges ect for personally imported works of art. May your God go with you and keep up the good work.” — Denny G., Port Louis, Mauritius

• “I admire your work and I think it’s wonderful to have the ability to help others achieve their business goals. I presently develop Web sites for a government agency, but I’m looking to do what you do (work from home). I have a strong desire to work for God’s kingdom. So, my goal is to use my skills to help churches build and maintain their Web sites.” — Latonya W.


ladybug on a flower paintingLadybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage
Insect Art by Teresa Bernard
6″ x 6″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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• “Wonderful paintings. I would love to commission a few for my wife while here in Kuwait courtesy of the US Army.” — James F., Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

• “Hi, I was just searching the web and wanted to look for original art, paintings, drawings to inspire me. I love your art work. You have a realism that really caught my eye. I like the Clown Fish. The portrait of the man on the boat is fantastic. I have a God given talent that I need to re-discover and seeing your site and reading your ‘About Me‘ section was just what I needed. Thanks for doing what you do.”

• “Wonderful talent you have. Your paintings are great! Enjoyed visiting your site.” — Robert N., Victoria, Australia

• “Hi – I just visited your website – and I love your work, you are a delightfully gifted artist.” — Brandy C.

• “Only one word, ‘Excellent'” — Paul V., Sydney, Australia

• “I’ve searched the web and your work is by far the best…” — Carroll-Marie M.

• “Your art work is beautiful. I love Bunratty, but they are all wonderful. I have enjoyed viewing your site.” — Elizabeth M., Vancouver BC, Canada


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Feedback From Across The U.S.

comments across AmericaThrough the years many have emailed telling me what think of my oil paintings. I thought you might enjoy reading what they have to say. This post contains comments from my fans all across America. I would love to hear from you too! Email me your comments.

• “Teresa, I looked at your site as soon as we got home from church. What a gift! Sometime I would love to see your work in person. Wow… God bless.” — Janet Plymale, Tyler TX

• “Hey Doll, I visited your art website today and was totally amazed at all the folks who have enjoyed your paintings and took the time to comment in your feedback section! I think it’s great & I am so proud of my wife!!! Not to mention, I too enjoy all your art work!! Your Hubby.” — Robert Bernard, Ben Wheeler TX


Sunflower oil paintingSunflower From Behind
Flower Art by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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• “Jim and I looked at your pictures online. They are fabulous. Your talent has really grown. I think you have way surpassed your dad. He would really be proud of you.” — Debra Dove, San Antonio TX

• “Robert, Tell Teresa I think her paintings are awesome!!! The detail she takes from the original photos, and then using other backgrounds looks perfect. Great work, Teresa!” — Father Dan, Prince of Peace Church, Whitehouse TX

• “I’m a family doctor in a small town in northern Maine. I really love all your paintings. I’m so taken with the Peggy’s Cove painting – it’s so lovely. I grew up in Newfoundland where all the houses were painted a bright color to offset the grey weather that could otherwise be depressing. The red house and the ocean reminds me of home. The painting brings a smile to my face.” — Janet B., Houlton ME

• “A while ago I came across your Web site and found your beautiful paintings. I am not an artist at all or have much knowledge about art, but some of your paintings have something that lifts them above ‘just a nice picture’, something that draws, that makes you look at them again and again. I love in particular your painting of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. It looks so pure and unspoiled, it has a dreamy atmosphere to it.” — Meike E., Chester NJ

• “Thank you so much for stopping by today. It was a pleasure to meet you and learn of your travels and interests. Teresa, I visited your web site and WOW, you are much too modest. God has truly blessed you and uses you mightily.” — Eva S., Centaur Arabian Farms, Flint TX

• “OUTSTANDING work! I am impressed, very nice artwork. I particularly liked the Clown Fish piece! Your site is also excellent. Thanks for visiting my site, requesting a link exchange, and any future correspondence. Keep up the great work (I know, cliché – but sincere). — Jason S., College Station TX

• “Your paintings are sooooo beautiful and realistic. I live in Oregon and wish I could have purchased your Lane County Covered Bridge. I am in awe of your work. I just can’t say enough nice things about your paintings. Wish I could do it!!!!” — Susan A., Oregon

• “God has blessed you with wonderful talents! May He also bless you with lots of sales too. Keep Arting!” — Jeff W., Lansing MI

• “I really like your paintings–the portrait of your husband is very unusual in composition and the backlighting–wish I could see it in real life. Another that really caught my eye specially is the Sea of Galilee at Capernaum–the light in the sky is particularly indicative of something spiritual, even if one didn’t know a thing about the religious significance of the place.” — Elena M., Columbia, MD

• “You captured your feelings in these snow pictures they are truly a work of art. You will be recommended to my friends and please make lithographs for future release maybe in years to come. By all means I”d love to see more of these.” — L. Mundy, Santa Clarita CA

• “Your web site is very nice! But you’re paintings are beautiful!!! I enjoyed my wander through the pages of your very talented work.” — Millie C., Denver CO

• “Love your work — we might want to put it on our site eventually.” — Will B., Hondo TX


ladybug oil paintingLadybug #1 – Hanging On Tight
Insect Art by Teresa Bernard
6″ x 6″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

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• “Your paintings are lovely. Such beautiful lighting. I think you are very talented and your work is very well executed. I wish you lots of luck.” — Sue M., New Jersey

• “I like your work very much. I grew up in Lane County near a bridge very much like the one you painted. When I went to my High School class reunion in 1984, the bridge had been replaced by an open bridge. I have not been back to Oregon since.” — Donna B., Texas

• “Oh, I just viewed your web site again. I absolutely love your paintings. I’ll have to have one.” — Patricia F., Tyler TX

• “It looks like God has blessed you with a great talent! Thank God that He enables us with this gift!” — Kathleen W., Fort Wayne IN

• “I love your website!! It’s very easy to use and the paintings are absolutely beautiful! I love that you’ve added the religious paintings, I look forward to seeing more. God has blessed you with a wonderful, wonderful talent!” — Diane H., Fairborn OH

• “Super! I loved your art work! WOW! What incredible talent. Rachel and I would love to see more of your work. Thanks for your time yesterday and hearing our heart for Hampton Church of the Nazarene. I know that God has something good in store for us as we follow after Him!” — Pastor Mark W., Hampton VA

• “Hi, I like your paintings, I paint too. I paint rustic paintings in oil and have sold several. I enjoyed your art, it’s very nice.” — Faye, Arkansas

• “Absolutely love your sunset and portrait of man. What is the price for a commissioned painting from a photo?” — Kerri K., St. Paul MN

• “Your paintings are beautiful!!” — Kristine Nichols, Hampton VA

• “Your paintings are awesome!!!!! You are also very talented in Web design. You are blessed!” — Tim B., Hampton VA

• “I checked out your Web site. Looks awesome! God has really gifted you.” — Brian Forester, Norfolk VA

• “I checked out your Web site and loved all of your paintings. Very nice site too!” — Jeannie Richardson, Baytown TX

• “Beautiful Web site. You have great style and a lot of artistic talent.” — Gelinda R., Honolulu HI

• “Are your paintings for sale? I think they are wonderful!” — Jennifer B., Virginia Beach VA

• “Saw your artwork – it is great! I too am an artist.” — Bonnie K., Houston TX

• “Your Web site is very professional. I’m impressed!” — Susan King, Sisters OR

• “You have a great Web site. I think it’s very professionally done. I also like your paintings. I’m stationed on a ship in the Navy. I showed your Web site and paintings to my fellow shipmates and they were very impressed as well.” — Robert B., Norfolk VA

• “GREAT SITE! I was amazed by your oil paintings. They look every bit as good as those I see in galleries done by local artists. I am so impressed by how far you have developed your talent. Your site worked very well for my browser too.” — Kris Erickson, Sumner WA

• “Looks great Mom, keep up the good work!” — Sheldon Burquist, Houston TX

• “Awesome paintings!” — Randy B., Corvalis OR

• “Your artwork is quite impressive. I enjoyed my visit to your Web site. Thanks for sharing.” — Dan B., Azuza CA

• “Your oil paintings are very good. Keep up the good work.” — Alicia Gillette, Hampton VA


UPDATED: 30 September 2016
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Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage

ladybug on a flower painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 6″ x 6″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A close-up painting of a red ladybug sitting on a red flower. This painting will not need a frame. Gallery wrap means the canvas wraps around the support. This allows the artist to paint around the edges of the painting.


Purchasing Information
$120 Plus S/H




Artist Comments: This painting is of a lady bug sitting on a red flower and the ladybugs’ color is almost the perfect camouflage. I named it “Almost Perfect Camouflage” because the red color of the ladybug blends in so well with the flower he/she is sitting on. A natural predator would have to look very close to see it.

Where did they get their name? Are all ladybugs female? What do you call a ladybug that is a male? How can you tell them apart? All great questions!

The name ladybug is the common name for Coccinellidae, a Latin word meaning scarlet, and is the American name for the insect Europeans call the “lady beetle” or “ladybird beetle.” Whether you call them a ladybug, ladybird or lady beetle, the name is thought to have its origins in an old legend from Europe during the Middle ages.

Legend has it that the Europeans agricultural crops were being destroyed by pests, so Catholic farmers began praying to the Blessed Lady (the Virgin Mary) for help. Soon afterward they noticed tiny black and red beetles in their fields eating the unwanted pests. Their crops were miraculously spared the damage from the infestation. The farmers attributed their good fortune to the tiny insects which they called “the beetles of our Lady.” The red color of the beetle represents Mary’s cloak and the black spots her sorrows. Through the years they eventually came to be known as ladybugs.

Even though they are called lady bugs, they do come in both the male and female varieties, and both sexes are called the same thing… “ladybugs.” To the naked eye it is hard to distinguish the male from female ladybugs, although, females are larger than males. And that is hard to distinguish unless they are next to each other.

This painting is part of a series featuring a ladybug. The next ladybug painting in this series is Ladybug #1 — Hanging On Tight.


Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight

ladybug oil painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 6″ x 6″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: Close-up oil painting of a red ladybug hanging on tight to a leafy branch. This painting will not require a frame as the image extends around the edges of the canvas surface.


Purchasing Information
$120 Plus S/H




Artist Comments: This painting is the first of two featuring a ladybug. I actually worked on both paintings at the same time, i.e. Ladybug #1 and Ladybug #2. I painted the ladybug series on six inch by six inch canvases. For such a small creature, I felt 6×6 was the perfect size. I love ladybugs and had been wanting to paint one (or more) for quite some time.

I came across a really good deal on some small canvases and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy 24 of them. When my shipment of 6×6 canvases arrived, I thought this was the perfect time to paint the ladybugs. Before these two particular paintings it had been quite some time since I last painted on such a small canvas. It was a lot of fun and it didn’t take any time at all to finish it.

Now About The Ladybugs!

Ladybugs are wondrous little creatures! They are sometimes called lady beetles or ladybird beetles. They most commonly come in the colors of red, yellow and orange which fades as the beetle gets older. Some species have black spots while others have black stripes and still others are a solid color with no markings at all. Their bright colors serve to warn birds they don’t taste good.

Surprisingly there are over 6,000 different species of this particular insect. They are beneficial insects because ladybugs eat other insects like aphids that often damage agricultural crops and garden plants. As such, ladybugs are often grown commercially and sold to farmers and gardeners.

The life cycle of a ladybug consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Depending on the species, female ladybugs may lay as many as 1,000 eggs from spring to early summer. It usually takes four days for their eggs to hatch.

The next painting in this series is Ladybug #2 — Almost Perfect Camouflage.


Sunflower From Behind

Sunflower oil painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 20″ x 16″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: Oil painting of a sunflower as seen from the backside of the blossom. Gallery wrap means this painting will not require a frame as the composition extends around the edges of the canvas surface.


Purchasing Information
$360 plus S/H




Artist Comments: I love all flowers, however, one of my favorite kind is the sunflower. I love the bright sunshine yellow petals and huge blossoms that resemble the sun. Most paintings of sunflowers are from the front of the blossom, however, the back side of some flowers can be just as interesting.

Some Interesting Things About Sunflowers

  • The sunflower is a plant that is native to North America. Later it was introduced to Mexico and Peru. They can grow up to 6 feet tall and prefer dry, sunny places where their roots can dig deep into the soil.
  • When the plant is in the bud stage, it will face the sun following its movement across the sky from horizon to horizon. This movement allows it to get the maximum amount of the sun’s rays. Once the flower is fully opened into the radiance of yellow petals, it faces east only. It is not known why it does this. One theory is it is possibly a defensive response to prevent the sun from scalding the seed pod during hot summer days.
  • The sunflower is often equated as a symbol of spiritual faith, worship, adoration, loyalty and longevity. Perhaps because it is always seeking the “Light”.