Magnolia Blossom

magnolia blossom close up painting

© Copyright 2007 – Present

Size: 18″ x 18″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A close-up depiction of the southern Magnolia Grandiflora blossom.

SOLD: This particular painting sold to a private art collector in Georgia, however, if you would like a similar one of your own, contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting: Art Commissions Info.

See Flower Paintings for more art of this genre by Teresa Bernard.


Artist Comments: This painting is of the Magnolia Grandiflora, commonly  known as the southern magnolia or bull bay. These large, showy flowers grow on trees native to East Texas, in addition to several other southern and southeastern states. The trees have large, glossy leaves and huge, fragrant white blossoms. Their sweet-smelling blossoms are considered an emblem of feminine sweetness and beauty.

Magnolias are often a favorite subject matter for many artists. They are certainly a favorite flower of mine. I was drawn to the way the light hit this Magnolia’s pedals and immediately knew I wanted to do a painting of this magnificent flower.

Some Interesting Things to Know About Magnolias

  • After planting, it can sometimes take up to 10 years for a Magnolia tree to bloom.
  • Magnolias bloom from April to June.
  • Southern Magnolia blossoms grow between 8 and 12 inches.
  • Magnolia blossoms grow at the end of the tree’s branches.
  • The fragrance of the Magnolia flower has pleasant scent that resembles the smell of tropical fruit.
  • The dense foliage and shallow roots make it very difficult to grow grass under its shade.
  • Its root system will crack sidewalks and pavements if planted too close to them.
  • Magnolia trees require plenty of space as they can grow up to 40 ft. wide and 80 ft. tall.
  • Both Louisiana and Mississippi claim the Magnolia as their official state flower.

Raging African Elephant

africa wildlife elephant painting

© Copyright 2007 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A realistic painting  depicting the wildlife of Africa. This specific  animal is an African bull elephant. This painting sold to a private art collector in North Carolina.

SOLD: This African wildlife painting is sold. If you desire something similar artwork to this one or have something else in mind, do not hesitate to contact us, Teresa Bernard does art commissions. Click on the link for more information.


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


Artist Comments: As an artist I’m always looking for good reference photos to paint from. Taking lots of photos myself is one way I get them. Others like to give me their photos to use as well. Using resources like this to paint from is something many artists do when they paint. Other artists like to paint on location, but will still take a photo of the scenery to take home with them. They use them to finish up their painting when they are back in their studio.

Several years ago some acquaintances of mine went on an African safari. While there, they snapped a photo of this elephant and emailed it to me. They thought I might like to use it as a resource photo for a painting. And they were right! I liked it so much I did this painting from it.

Some Interesting Facts About African Elephants

African elephants are native to Africa. They are characterized by having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks. These magnificent creatures are the largest living land animal. Being hunted for their ivory tusks and their shrinking natural habitat have proven instrumental in these animals being placed on the endangered species list. Indeed, they are one of the most endangered species in all of Africa. In the 1980’s there were around 1 million African elephants roaming the plains of Africa, today the total population is less than 470,000.


The Fisherman

fisherman marine painting

© Copyright 2003 – Present

Size: 9″ x 12″
Support: Canvas panel board
Description: A view of the sea with fisherman. This composition is painted in oils on canvas by artist Teresa Bernard.

SOLD: This ocean-view painting has sold to a private art collector in Virginia. If you like this painting and desire one that is similar or some other subject matter, Teresa Bernard does art commissions. Click the link above for more information.


Artist Comments: Fishing is a popular recreation for those lucky enough to find the time to fish for the “big one.” I don’t particularly like to fish myself, but I have several friends who do enjoy this sport. I found this particular marine life painting an interesting subject to paint.


Barn Door with Horse Tack

rustic oil painting

© Copyright 2003 – Present

Size: 12″ x 9″
Support: Canvas panel board
Description: This rustic still life painting is a study in texture. It consists of horse tack hanging from an old barn door and painted by artist Teresa Bernard.

SOLD: This rustic still life painting sold to a private art collector in Illinois and is no longer available, however, if you would like a similar one of your own, contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting: Art Commissions Info.


Artist Comments: This rustic oil painting is another example of a non-traditional still life. It is a composition utilizing horse tack hanging on an old barn door. A still life doesn’t always have to be a traditional type using flowers, fruit or figurines, it can be composed of any inanimate object. This painting was a study in texture.


The Grand Teton Mountains

mountain painting

© Copyright 2003 – Present

Size: 18″ x 14″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A landscape oil painting of The Grand Teton Mountains located in Wyoming USA.

SOLD: This mountain painting sold to a private art collector in Georgia., however, if you would like a similar one of your own, contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting: Art Commissions Info.


Artist Comments: The Grand Teton Mountains is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the U.S. Located in northwestern Wyoming, this mountain range is the central feature of Grand Teton National Park. Several years ago I had opportunity to visit this park and was awed by the stunning mountain scenery.

For more information visit the Grand Teton National Park website.


Fence Post In The Snow

winter snow painting

© Copyright 2001 – Present

Size: 9″ x 12″
Support: Canvas panel board
Description: A winter landscape painting featuring snow, barbwire fence and post on a cold snowy day. This  painting is one of artist Teresa Bernard’s early works.

SOLD: This snow painting has sold. If you desire something similar or have something else in mind, Teresa Bernard does commissions and will do a special painting for you too. Visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.

Artist Comments: This winter landscape is one of my favorite snow paintings. I really enjoyed painting this fence post with all its knots, texture, and that hole. Painting those shadows in the snow turned out to be quite interesting too. I thought the barb wire was going to be a bit of a challenge to paint and almost left it out.

Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Massachusetts.


Sunset Over Texas

Austin TX sunset western painting

© Copyright 2001 – Present

Size: 12″ x 9″
Support: Canvas panel board
Description: A vibrant Austin TX sunset. This is one of artist Teresa Bernard’s early works.

SOLD: This  sunset painting sold to a private art collector, however, if you would like a similar one of your own, contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting: Art Commissions Info.

Artist Comments: The photo that inspired this sunset painting was borrowed from my brother-in-law who photographed this scenery. It was taken near Austin where he lives with his wife. Texas is known for having some of the loveliest sunsets in America. As a native of Texas, I can attest to that myself. This painting is part of the Life In Texas Series.

Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Texas.


Tyler Rose

Tyler red rose close up painting

© Copyright 2006 – Present

Size: 16″ x 12″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A close-up representation of the center of a bright red  rose.  It is titled “Tyler Rose” because Tyler, TX is the rose capitol of the world. This art composition comes with an official Certificate of Authentication that has been hand signed by the artist.

Sold: This painting has sold to an art collector in Texas. If you love this one and would like a similar painting, please contact us, Teresa does commissions. Be sure to check out “How To Commission A Painting” for more information.


Artist Comments: In 2006 my husband Robert retired from the US Navy and we returned home to Texas after being away for over 20 years. Of all the places we could have chosen to live, we decided to settle in the East Texas region. East Texas is a lovely place to call home because of its plush green vegetation, vast rose gardens, Texas Longhorn cattle ranches, hay growers, working farms, rodeos, and the many small country towns and communities. It is in this setting that we chose to build our little ranch approximately 20 miles west of Tyler.

Tyler, Texas is known as the “Rose Capital of the U.S.A.” because this area alone produces over 20% of the nation’s roses. This city also has the nation’s largest municipal rose garden, is home to the Tyler Rose Museum and hosts the Texas Rose Festival every year in October. The festival draws more than 100,000 visitors to the city each year.

Surrounded by all these beautiful roses I was inspired to do this rose painting when we first moved here. I love roses! I love their delicate beauty and fragrant smell. And I especially love red roses. They are so vibrant in color. Roses come in so many different varieties of color and are widely recognized as a symbol of love, sympathy or sorrow depending on the rose’s color. For example a red rose is a symbol of love, yellow of friendship, orange of enthusiasm, white of purity and pink of joy.


Portrait of Tera

portrait painting

© Copyright 2005 – Present

Size: 16″ x 20″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description:  Portrait painting of Tera sitting in a library. Canvas art by Teresa Bernard.


Artist Comments: This is a portrait painting of my daughter Tera. I painted it using her high school senior portrait as a reference photo. However the background in the painting is an entirely different setting than what was used in the photo. At the time I did her painting Tera was attending college studying to become a librarian so I chose a library setting for the background instead.

All through high school Tera had wanted to become a librarian and even worked after school and weekends at a local branch of the public library. She loved books and reading and still does to this day. The background in her painting is of a fictional place and is not the library she was working at during high school.

This was a fun painting to do and I took my time with it as I wanted everything to be just right. First of all, the subject matter is near and very dear to my heart. Secondly it was both fun and challenging to paint all those books on the shelves. I captured a very good likeness of Tera with this painting, however when I photographed it for my website, I realize my photography skills need some improvement.

Portrait of Tera is part of my private art collection and is not for sale. Someday it will be passed down to Tera as a family heirloom, but for now it continues to hang on the wall in my living room.


Portrait of Robert

portrait oil painting

© Copyright 2003 – Present

Size: 12″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: Portrait painting of Robert at the helm of his sailboat. This oil painting on canvas is by artist Teresa Bernard.


Artist Comments: This painting is a portrait of my husband Robert at the helm of our sailboat Misty Blue. I did this painting from a photo I took during a trip we made on the boat going up the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).

On this particular trip Robert who was in the Navy at the time and was being transferred from Jacksonville FL to the naval base in Norfolk VA. We had to figure out a way to move our 36 ft. sailboat from a marina near where we lived in FL to VA so we decided to sail it instead of having it shipped. That decision saved us a ton of money and made us rich with memories! At first we were sailing out in open waters up the east coast, but a storm suddenly came up forcing us to go inland and up the ICW instead. It was a bit frightening for me when we encountered that storm because it was my first sailing trip, however Robert handled it and the sails like the sailing pro he is!

Robert was on deployment with his ship at sea for six months when I started his portrait. I finished it before his return. He had no idea was I doing this painting and was very surprised to see his portrait when he returned home.

This painting is part of my private art collection and is not for sale. One day it will be passed down to his son Travis has a family heirloom, but until that day it will continue to hang in our living room.