Victoria Falls, Africa

Victoria Falls oil painting

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic painting of the famous Victoria Falls, a waterfall in Africa.


Artist Comments: Victoria Falls is the third one in a series of three paintings about Africa that I was commissioned to paint. It resides along with the other two in the private collection owned by a couple from San Diego, California.

This painting was both fun and challenging to do. Water isn’t an easy subject to paint. Looking at this painting the viewer senses the movement and power of these mighty falls, all that raw power being unleashed as a myriad of gallons of water coming over the falls crashing downward. I feel successful in conveying that message.

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

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

Some Interesting Facts About Victoria Falls

Oftentimes when I’m commissioned to do a painting for a client, I like to conduct research about the subject that the painting is to be. I find out some pretty interesting stuff that way. Here are some interesting things I discovered about Victoria Falls.

• Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is considered the world’s largest waterfall. The falls are located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Every year tourists from around the world trek to the falls to experience its magnificence and wonder.

• The falls were named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain by a Scottish missionary. However, the local tribes would call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya which translates “the smoke that thunders” because of its noise and water splashes. The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 24 miles away, while the spray and mist from the falling water rises to a height of over 1,300 feet that can be seen from a distance of 31 miles.

• Opposite the waterfall is a basalt rock entirely covered with tropical forest. That forest’s ecosystem depends on this waterfall.

• The functions of the falls are not limited only to being an attraction for million of tourists, it is also very important economically. This waterfall supplies energy to several cities in Zimbabwe and Zambia.


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UPDATED: 21 July 2018

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

African Elephant On The Serengeti

African Elephant Serengeti 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

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.


Camelthorn Trees of Africa

African Camelthorn Trees painting

© Copyright 2011 – Present

Size: 24″ x 24″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A depiction of the famous camel thorn trees of the African Namib-Naukluft National Park.


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Artist Comments: This painting was a fun one to do. At first it appears to be a bit surreal which is not the genre of art that I normally do. I’m a realist painter and in my work I strive to represent the world as it actually appears. This painting is actually a landscape and was painted from an actual photograph that was taken in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Africa. It depicts camelthorn trees with a sand dune rising in the background. The sand dune is bathed in orange by the effects of a rising sun. The trees are in shadow from another nearby dune. Some believe these trees have been dead for hundreds of years and that their failure to decompose is because the desert is so arid.

For more information about Namib-Naukluft National Park in Africa visit their website.