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 Magnolia Grandiflora blossom. The painted image extends around the edges of the canvas and therefore, does not require a frame.

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

african elephant wildlife painting

© Copyright 2007 – Present

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


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

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.

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


Barn Door with Horse Tack

rustic oil painting

© Copyright 2003 – Present

Size: 12″ x 9″
Support: Canvas panel board

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.

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


The Grand Teton Mountains

mountain painting

© Copyright 2003 – Present

Size: 18″ x 14″
Support: Stretched canvas

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.

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


Fence Post In The Snow

winter snow painting

© Copyright 2001 – Present

Size: 9″ x 12″
Support: Canvas panel board

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

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.


Portrait of Tera

portrait painting

© Copyright 2005 – Present

Size: 16″ x 20″
Support: Stretched canvas

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

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 Innercoastal Waterway.

On this particular trip Robert, who was in the Navy at the time, 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.


Return to Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove oil painting

© Copyright 2009 – Present

Size: 20″ x 18″
Support: Stretched canvas

Artist Comments: This painting is the second of two commissions I did for an art collector. This particular art collector saw a previous painting I had done called “Peggy’s Cove” and contracted me to do two paintings of the same subject for her. Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia is a favorite place that holds many memories for her. The other painting is called “Peggy’s Cove Revisited.” This painting is part of the Peggy’s Cove Series.

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

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