Mount Kilimanjaro Rising

Mt Kilimanjaro Rising

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic painting of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa.

Artist Comments: This painting is the second in a series of three commissioned Africa paintings by a private art buyer in San Diego, CA.

I named this painting “Mount Kilimanjaro Rising”. Originally I was going to call it “Mount Kilimanjaro Rising Above The Serengeti”, which was taken from the lyrics of a famous Toto song “Africa”. It goes like this…

“…As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti…”

I loved that song when I was a teen and I still do. However, as I was starting my research on Africa and specifically Mt. Kilimanjaro, I discovered this mountain isn’t on the Serengeti, which is a huge nature reserve and safari destination. Kilimanjaro is actually several hundred miles away inside a national park in Tanzania called Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. So I decided to name this artwork Mount Kilimanjaro Rising which I feel is a more fitting name for it.

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and is snow-capped year round, as one observes this painting, the viewer has the sense the mountain is floating above the clouds.

This particular work of art isn’t the first time I’ve painted this splendid mountain. Several years back I was also commissioned to do a painting of it from a photograph taken by my customer (not the same one as this painting) while they were on a hiking expedition up the face of Kilimanjaro. That painting is called “Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro“. Follow the link to see it.

After having done the research on and creating all of these artworks of Africa, I find myself wanting to explore the Africian continent on my next vacation. I love to travel and see what all the world has to show me! When I’m asked where my favorite travel destination is, my reply is always “anywhere I’ve never been  before!”

The links below will take you to the other two paintings that are part of the Africa series in this commissioned group.

Other paintings of Africa that I’ve created are found in my blog article called Adventures In Africa Collection.

commission artist for hireTeresa creates works of art for fellow art lovers all over the world. Follow this link to find out how to commission a painting of your own. Or contact us for more information.

UPDATED: 14 July 2018

Adventures In Africa Collection

adventures in AfricaThis collection of paintings are artworks I’ve done through the years on Africa. I didn’t plan on doing so many about Africa, it just happened that way. Most of these works were commissioned by various customers.

After having done so many paintings about Africa and the research involved to make each one successful works of art, I find myself drawn to this continent. I have an adventurer’s heart deep down and simply love to explore the world.

African artCamelthorn Trees of Africa
Landscape Painting by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 24″
Oils on stretched canvas


This surreal looking artwork is not really an abstract at all. In fact, it is a realistic landscape painted from a reference photograph (colors and all) of the Camelthorn Trees located in the sand dunes of the Namib-Naukluft National Park in Africa.

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african wildlife artRaging African Elephant
Wildlife Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ x 24″
Oils on stretched canvas


This raging elephant was almost a commissioned painting. I was approached by a potential customer wanting me to do a painting of an African elephant for them. They had recently gone a safari in Africa and witnessed an elephant charging their vehicle. They sped away, however, they were so impressed by this massive animal that they sought me out. Their inquiry never turned into a commission, so I decided to do a painting anyway. It sold to another customer after it was completed.

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African Elephant Serengeti paintingAfrican Elephant On The Serengeti
African Wildlife Art by Teresa Bernard
18″ x 24″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas


This elephant was a commissioned painting. My customer contacted me after seeing the Raging African Elephant painting above on the internet. He wanted to buy it, but it had already sold several years back. So he commissioned this particular elephant painting plus two others on Africa.

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Mt Kilimanjaro RisingMount Kilimanjaro Rising
Mountain Painting by Teresa Bernard
30″ x 24″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas


This painting is the second one in a series of three art pieces commissioned on Africa. My customer was same art buyer who hired my services to paint the African Elephant On The Serengeti shown above.

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Victoria Falls oil paintingVictoria Falls, Africa
Waterfall Painting by Teresa Bernard
30″ x 24″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas


The third work of art in the commission series on Africa is this painting of Victoria Falls. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this series of commissioned paintings. The commission came at just right time in my life. I was in a slump and having a hard time wanting to paint. This was just what I needed to get out of the slump and start painting again.

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snow mountain oil paintingScaling Mt. Kilimanjaro
Snow Painting by Teresa Bernard
24″ x 18″
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas


This work of art was a commissioned painting created from a photograph supplied by my client. I was contacted by my customer who had gone on a hiking expedition up Mt. Kilimanjaro some years back. They snapped this photo and wanted me to do a painting for them.

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UPDATED: 28 July 2018

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African Elephant On The Serengeti

African Elephant painting

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: This realistic style painting depicts an African bull elephant on the Serengeti, a wildlife preserve and safari destination.

Teresa, our favorite elephant just arrived. My wife and I absolutely love it. So much more special in person. Fantastic! We can hardly wait to see the next two. Thanks again. — G. Callan, San Diego CA

Artist Comments: This painting is the first one of three commission paintings I painted for a client who lives in San Diego, California. He first contacted me about another elephant painting that I had painted several years back called Raging African Elephant. Since that one had already sold, he commissioned me to do the one above. While I was working on this painting, this same client commissioned two more paintings of Africa.

The links below will take you to the other two paintings that are part of this commissioned group.

  • Mount Kilimanjaro Rising
  • Victoria Falls, Africa

Other paintings of Africa that I’ve created are found in my blog article called Adventures In Africa Collection.

Some Interesting Facts About African Elephants

  • The word “elephant” comes from the Greek word “elephas” meaning “ivory”.
  • Elephants are the largest of all land animals and have an average life span of 50 to 70 years. There are only two distinct types of elephants — African and Asian. Of these two varieties, African elephants are the largest. The African variety have larger ears than their Asian cousin. Their ears look like the African continent and are used to radiate heat away from their body. Asian elephant ears are smaller and rounded.
  • African elephants prefer to stay in herds of 12 to 20 and the majority of them live on the Savannah. Both the male and female African elephants grow tusks. They can grow to more than 12 feet tall and weigh up to about 7 tons (14,000 pounds).
  • Males are called bulls, females are cows, and a baby is called a calf. When a calf is born, it can weigh 200 pounds and stand 3 feet tall. Gestation is about 22 months. The females are extremely social and take very good care of their offspring.

commission artist for hireTeresa creates works of art for fellow art lovers all over the world. Follow this link to find out how to commission a painting of your own. Or contact us for more information.

UPDATED: 22 July 2018

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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Artist Comments: I love great 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.

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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, our favorite elephant [painting] just arrived. My wife and I absolutely love it. So much more special in person. Fantastic! We can hardly wait to see the next two. Thanks again.” — G. Callan, San Diego CA

• “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

UPDATED: 26 May 2018

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