The American Bison — Our National Animal

American Bison Our National Animal By Teresa Bernard© Copyright 2020 – Present

Size: 24″ w x 18″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description:  A wildlife painting depicting an American Bison out on the open range. This painting is composed on gallery wrap canvas, which means it does not need a frame because the painted composition extends around the edges of the canvas. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

American Bison painting demo
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Artist Comments:  In the summer of 2016, the same year the American Bison was officially declared America’s national mammal, we made a trip to Rapid City, South Dakota on a family vacation. While there we made it a point to visit Custard State Park where several herds of American bison roam freely. We just had to see these magnificent animals up close and we were not disappointed. As we drove through the park, we were privileged to watch a herd of the largest mammal in North American cross the road just a few feet a head of our vehicle. They simply took my breath was taken away. I was so tempted to exit the car and approach them, but that would not have been wise. They are massive wild animals that can become startled and behave aggressively to what they perceive is an approaching predator. Upon entering the park we were told to keep a safe distance and to be conscience of the fact this park is their home and we humans are the visitors, at least from the bison’s point of view. To this day bison are a favorite animal of mine and I’m simply amazed by them.

American Bison, Where Are They Today?

In the 1500’s there were an estimated 30 to 60 million bison living in North America. Today there are approximately 200,000 in all. They are considered endangered as a wild species and are being protected by the federal government. Bison live in all 50 states, including Native American lands, wildlife refuges, national parks and private lands. The top five states where bison can be found are: South Dakota (where the largest population is), Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The largest herd of bison are in Yellowstone National Park where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times. What makes Yellowstone’s bison herd so special is that they are pure blood descendants of the early bison that grazed on America’s grassy plains.

Related post: Devils Tower–Our First National Monument


UPDATED: 24 August 2020

Animals & Wildlife Paintings For Sale

Gallery quality original oil paintings of domestic and wildlife animals, and insects on stretched canvas.

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American Bison Our National Animal By Teresa Bernard
24″ w x 18″ h
Texas Longhorn In The Meadow oil painting
20″ w x 16″ h
The Large White Dog pet portrait
16″ w x 20″ h

Miniature Wildlife Art

Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight oil painting
6″ w x 6″ h
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage oil painting
6″ w x 6″ h
TX Horned Toad Lizard (A.K.A Horny Toad) oil painting
6″ w x 6″ h
monarch butterfly painting
6″ w x 6″ h

 

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commission artist for hireTeresa is also a renown commission artist. She has done paintings for fellow art collectors and enthusiasts around the world. If you have a special painting in mind, she would love the opportunity to paint it for you. Simply follow the link for more information on how to commission a painting.


The Texas Horned Lizard (a.k.a. Horny Toad)

Texas horned toad lizard painting

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: Texas wildlife painting of the horned toad lizard, or horny toad as they are often called by native Texans.  The painting is accompanied by an official Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist. The painted image extends around the edges of painting surface thus it will not require a frame before hanging.

TX horny toad painting demo
Not to scale

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$150

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Artist Comments: The Texas Horned Lizard, or simply “horny toad” as we called them when I was a kid growing up in west Texas, was a fun painting to do and it brought back lots of fond childhood memories. As children, my friends and I would see these little spiked critters all the time and often played with them for a while, then we would release them. As an adult I noticed they aren’t in abundance so much anymore. So I did a little research to find out why. This is what I discovered from my readings.

About 70% of the Texas horned lizard’s diet is made up of harvester ants. Through the years their population has declined by about 30%. Although, I’m happy to read, they may be making a comeback. The decline is due to the overuse of pesticides and the spread of nonnative fire ants. Both eradicate harvester ant colonies, destroying the lizard’s principal source of food. The Texas horned lizard is now a protected species, and, in Texas, it is illegal to take, possess, transport or sell them without a special permit.

According to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, issue August/September 2018, “Texas horned lizards once occurred throughout Texas, but now only a few populations remain. Efforts to move Texas horned lizards from one location in Texas to another, with the hope of establishing new self-sustaining populations in previously occupied habitat, are underway. Several Texas zoos are also working to develop colonies for reintroduction programs. RAWA (Recovering America’s Wildlife Act) funding would pay for “lizard factories” to help with reintroduction efforts.”

I shared a post about my findings on Facebook and received some interesting comments.

One friend whom I’ve known since my early teen years lives a small Texas town. She told me they have a horny toad festival every year called The Old Rip Festival. And it’s all about a horny toad named Old Rip! She sent me a link to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine website. It tells all about the legend, lore and legacy of Old Rip, a horny toad that supposedly lived for 31 years!

Another FB pal comments, “you still see these in West Texas and Panhandle. Fire ants haven’t taken over every inch of ground like they have here, and harvester ants are still there, so that helps with the “horny toads”. Hope they make a comeback here someday.”


Updated: 15 May 2020

The Large White Dog

white dog pet painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 16″ w x 20″ h
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: An oil painting of the profile of a large white dog, perhaps of the Great Pyrenees variety. In the background is a field of yellow wildflowers. The art composition comes with an official Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist. Gallery wrap means this painting will not require a frame as the composition extends around the edges of the canvas surface.

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Artist Comments: This is a painting of a large white dog, possibly a Great Pyrenees. The Great Pyrenees has been one of my favorite breed of dog ever since Lobo, our Pyrenees-mix, showed up at our door one day and decided to stay. Living out in the country as we do, means we get a lot of strays who wonder up to our door looking for a place to call home. We don’t know where they come from, but we never turn them away. We try to reunite them with  their owner, if possible. If not, then we find them a new home or wind up adopting them ourselves. This artwork isn’t specifically of Lobo, but the dog portrayed in it sure does remind me of him.

A Few Fun Facts About Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees makes great family pets with their calm, devoted and well-mannered disposition. They are very devoted to those they love and will protect family with their very life if need be. In addition, they make great guard dogs, especially around livestock.

The Great Pyrenees is a dog of great intellect with a mind of their own, love to figure things out by themselves and are good at problem solving. While this is a wonderful trait, it can create a bit of a challenge when it comes to training.

For more information about this breed of dog, visit this website.


Everyone Loves Wildlife Art

ladybug oil paintingFor centuries wildlife and animal art has been a favorite genre of artistic expression that attracts a huge following of artists and aficionados who love animals. In fact it is so popular, that art societies, exhibitions, competitions and galleries have formed which are devoted to the cause. Wildlife paintings are such a well loved form of wall art that fine artists and photographers have captured the beauty of animals out in the wild and nature for everyone to enjoy.

Everyone loves wildlife artwork and here are seven reasons why:

white dog painting1. Animal art is easy to find and purchase. Since wildlife paintings are such a popular form of art, many artists have depicted animals in all forms of their wall art. As such, wildlife works of art are in abundance. It is easy to find such paintings by visiting art galleries, craft fairs, artist’s studios, home décor stores or online art websites.

longhorn cow oil painting2. Wildlife paintings look great hanging on the walls of your home or office. This genre of art goes well with just about any décor. It is a great way of bringing the great outdoors into your home and put on display for visitors and family to enjoy. Those who are physically challenged and can’t get outside as much as they would like will especially appreciate animal paintings as these will give them a sense of being outdoor.

African Elephant oil painting3. Wildlife art is a great way to start a conversation. Animals are so interesting and there is such a variety of life in the animal kingdom you will never lack something to discuss. When visitors come calling your animal art can be a great way to get a good conversation going and keeping it going for hours. What a great way to pass the time!

4. If you are the type who loves to be out in nature with wildlife, then animal paintings are a great way to re-live and reminisce about memorable trips to the zoo, hunting trips, safaris or other adventures out into the great outdoors.

clown fish painting5. There is such a variety of creatures in nature that can be featured in paintings of wildlife. Mammals, fish, insects and birds. Among these can be domestic animals such as pets or livestock or wild animals. Animal artwork can be portrayed as realistic, abstract, cartoonish or anything in between. There is simply something for everyone, young or old, regardless of gender.

TX Horned Toad Lizard Painting6. Many individuals enjoy having portraits painted of their favorite pets. Pet portraits are an excellent way to remember a beloved pet that has passed away and helps to keep his/her memory alive for years to come. Some just enjoy having a painting of their pet to adorn the wall of their home or office. Click for more information about how to commission a pet portrait of your pet.

7. Wildlife paintings make wonderful gifts because everyone loves wildlife art!

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Texas Longhorn In The Meadow

Texas longhorn cow painting

© Copyright 2013 – Present

Size: 20″ w x 16″ h
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description:  Part of the “Life in Texas” series, this painting of a common ranch animal often seen in the Lone Star State is called the Texas Longhorn. This painting is composed on gallery warp stretched canvas which allows the artist to extend the painted image around the edges of the canvas and will not need a frame before displaying. The artwork comes with an official Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist.

TX longhorn on the meadow demo
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$410

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Artist Comments: The Texas Longhorn is a common breed of registered cattle in Texas. They get their name from the breed’s characteristic long horns. Some sets of horns on these huge bovine can reach a span of 7 feet tip to tip. You simply  have to see one these magnificent animals in person to really appreciate those massive horns. I live in East Texas and there are several longhorn ranches near our small homestead. I love driving past these places and seeing the longhorn grazing and resting in their pastures.

This painting is part of the Life in Texas Collection.

Some Fun Facts About Texas Longhorns

  • The Texas Longhorn is descended from the first cattle brought to America by Christopher Columbus that bred with native cattle. The breed consists of approximately 80 percent Spanish blood and another 20 percent of “mongrel” stock.
  • Texas Longhorns come in all colors and patterns and no two look exactly alike. Their coat pattern can be flamboyant and loud, while others are more subtle in color.
  • Both male and female Longhorns have horns, although they will vary in shape and length according to gender. Longer horns are more desirable. The longer the horns, the more valuable the cow or bull. Calves will begin to grow their horns by 3 weeks of age.
  • There are Texas Longhorn ranches all over America. They is easily adaptable to all temperatures from hot to cold climates. This breed of cattle has the ability to thrive in terrains and climates where other breeds have difficulty living.

Pet Portrait of Frank

Pet Portrait commission oil painting

© Copyright 2010 – Present

Size: 12″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A pet portrait painting of a black Labrador Retriever. Portrait of Frank is owned by a private art collector in Illinois.  This painting is a commission and has already sold. If you desire something similar, Teresa Bernard does art commissions. Click on the link for more information.


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


Artist Comments: My husband and I both love animals. We always rescue abandoned pets that God places in our path. We live in the country and unwanted pets are often left at our place. We take them in, clean them up, feed them, get them medical attention if they need it, and find them new loving homes. Dogs are such loving and loyal creatures, and it just breaks my heart when they end up as “throw-a-away” pets. Sandy, a yellow lab, was one of those unfortunate dogs who found her way to our door. We took her in too. Only this time, we adopted her for a family pet. We now have five dogs and three cats, and we love every one of them as part of our family.

When I was commissioned to do this dog portrait of a black lab, a beloved pet named Frank, I was delighted. Frank was a family dog that passed away awhile back and his family still missed him. The portrait was done from a favorite photo of him so I kept the painting as close to the photograph as I could. The painting was to be a surprise gift to my client’s wife for Mother’s Day. It was a my pleasure to do this painting for a fellow dog lover.


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.


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.