African Wildlife — Three Giraffes

Africa wildlife giraffes painting
© Copyright 2019 – Present

Title: African Wildlife — Three Giraffes
Size:
18″ w x 24″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic composition of three wild African giraffes on the open planes of the Serengeti. Hand-painted and signed by Teresa Bernard.

SOLD: This painting was a commissioned work and has been sold.

Customer Feedback

Hi Teresa, we received the paintings. They’re beautiful! Thank you very much. Our eldest will love the giraffes. — G. Callan, San Diego CA

Artist Comments

African Wildlife — Three Giraffes is one of several paintings I was commissioned to do for an art collector. My customer wanted to present this particular painting to his adult daughter as a Christmas gift since she loves giraffes.

I found this painting to be a challenging one since I had never painted giraffes before. I gave it a lot of thought as to how I would approach it before putting paintbrush to canvas. It required studying giraffes from all different angles paying special attention to their spots if you want to call them spots, that is. They are more like splotches. I observed that no two giraffes are identical in their “spots.” I also paid attention to the color of their splotches. I wanted each giraffe to be distinct from the others even tho they are similar in color.

After the painting was finished and delivered to my client’s residence, he contacted me letting me know how much his daughter loved the painting.

Other Paintings in This Series

This is one of five African-themed paintings that this art collector commissioned from me. The links below will take you to the other paintings that are part of this commissioned group.

Mt Kilimanjaro Rising oil painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising
Victoria Falls, Zambia Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa

Africa wildlife leopard painting
Africa Wildlife — Leopard
African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant on the Serengeti

 

 

 

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Victoria Falls, Africa

Africa waterfalls painting
© Copyright 2018 – Present

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

SOLD: This painting is a commission and has sold.

Artist Comments

Victoria Falls is the third one in a series of five paintings about Africa that I was commissioned to paint. It resides with others in a private Africa art 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. Yet, 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.

Other Paintings in This Series

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

Mt Kilimanjaro Rising oil painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising
Africa wildlife giraffes
Africa Wildlife — Giraffes
Africa wildlife leopard painting
Africa Wildlife — Leopard
African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant on the Serengeti

 

Some Interesting Facts About Victoria Falls

Often when I’m commissioned to do a painting for a client, I like to research 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 on 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 as “the smoke that thunders” because of its noise and water splashes. The noise Victoria Falls makes can be heard 24 miles away. Spray and mist from the falling water rise to over 1,300 feet high and can be seen from 31 miles away.
    • 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 millions of tourists; it is also very important economically. For example, this waterfall supplies energy to several cities in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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How To Commission A Painting

Please note: Teresa does not do replicas or copy the work of other artists. No exceptions.

oil painting artistTeresa welcomes art commissions of any kind. She will do a custom oil painting just for you of any subject matter, such as:

    • Portraits of loved ones and pets.
    • Places you’ve visited or would like to visit someday. Perhaps you’d like a painting done of your home or family homestead, the house, town, or place where you grew up.
    • Favorite photographs you love and would like a painting done of.
    • Repeat paintings — If you see a painting on this website that you love but it has already sold, or you need it in a different size, Teresa will do repeat paintings of her work.

Whatever your heart’s desire, Teresa can turn it into a painting just for you. See the instructions below on what she will need from you to get your special painting started.

How to Commission a Painting

If you have a special painting in mind, contact us! Teresa will be happy to do a commission oil painting just for you. All she needs to get started is a good photograph of what you want a painting of and a small non-refundable deposit which will be applied toward the total purchase price of your painting. You’ll find her easy to work with and willing to please. Teresa will work hard to give you a painting you’ll love and be proud of.

If you see a painting in Teresa’s gallery that you love, but it has already sold, or you would like it in a different size, she will be happy to do a reproduction painting or a similar one of it for you as a commissioned oil painting. Please note, Teresa will only do a reproduction or similar paintings of her work. She will not copy the work of other artists.

When you are ready to commission Teresa to paint a custom painting just for you, contact us and be sure to include the following information.

Information to Include

    • What is the approximate size of the painting you have in mind?
    • What is the subject matter? Be descriptive, or better yet, email a digital photo of what you want a painting of.
    • If a portrait, how many people/pets in a single painting?
    • Be sure to include anything else you feel she might need to know.

What Teresa Needs From You

A good clear photo of the subject matter as you want it to appear in your painting. This photo should be one you are completely happy with. If not, provide another one you are satisfied with, or be very specific regarding what changes you want to be made to the subject matter contained within the photo. Please keep in mind Teresa is a realist artist and will create your painting as close to the photo as possible. In other words, she paints what she sees.

Your deposit. This small non-refundable deposit will be applied toward the total purchase price of your painting. Except for portraits of loved ones, you are not obligated to purchase the painting if you are not happy with it; however, the deposit is non-refundable. The deposit covers the cost of materials used to begin your painting.

Your patience. This is very important because:

    • You want Teresa to do a good job for you. Although she will work as quickly as possible, please keep in mind your painting won’t happen overnight. She will send you updates at various stages of the work to keep you posted on how your painting is coming along.
    • Please remember Teresa works with oil paints, and drying time varies with each painting. Once your painting is completed, she will need to wait until it is dry enough to safely package before shipping.
    • You can expect it to take a minimum of 6 months (even longer for people portraits) from the time Teresa starts your painting until it is ready for shipping. Your patience will ensure she creates a painting you will be happy with and bring you years of enjoyment.

If Your Commission is Turned Down

Don’t take offense if Teresa should turn down your commission. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s usually because the photo is not suited to making a great painting, or she is too busy to take on another commission at the moment. Whichever the case, we will let you know. At that time, you can try a different photo or wait until Teresa has finished her other commissions and has more time to devote to your painting.

Thank you for considering Teresa as your commission artist.

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Past Commissions

Africa wildlife three giraffes
Africa Wildlife — Three Giraffes (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
Africa wildlife leopard
Africa Wildlife — Leopard (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
Victoria Falls, Zambia Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa
(2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
Mt Kilimanjaro Rising oil painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant On The Serengeti (2018)
18″ w x 24″ h
Land Rover Tracks of Mars painting
Land Rover Tracks of Mars (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
First Footprint on the Moon space art
First Footprint On The Moon (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
Mt. Kilimanjaro Africa art
Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro (2011)
24″ w x 18″
Pet Portrait
Pet Portrait of Frank (2010)
12″ w x 16″ h
Return To Peggy's Cove oil painting
Return To Peggy’s Cove (2009)
20″ w x 18″ h
Peggy's Cove Revisited
Peggy’s Cove Revisited (2008)
20″ w x 16″ h
Portrait of Tera oil painting
Portrait Of Tera
(2005)
16″ w x 20″ h
Portrait of Robert painting
Portrait Of Robert
(2003)
12″ w x 16″ h

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Pet Portrait of Frank

black dog painting
© Copyright 2010 – Present

Size: 12″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A pet portrait painting of a black Labrador Retriever. A private art collector in Illinois owns Portrait of Frank.

SOLD: This painting is a commission and has already sold.

Customer Feedback

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 and we will always rescue abandoned pets that God sends our way. 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 place them in 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 a while back, and his family still missed him. I did the portrait 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 my pleasure to do this painting for a fellow dog lover.

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Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro commission painting
© Copyright 2011 – Present

Size: 24″ x 18″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: An oil painting of a hiker scaling up Mount Kilimanjaro, a famous mountain in Africa. Hand-painted and signed by Teresa Bernard.

SOLD: An art collector in New Jersey commissioned this painting.

Customer Feedback

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

Artist Comments

Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro is a commission painting I did for a client who had been on an expedition up this famous mountain in Africa one year. My client supplied the photo from her trip for this painting. Since this was a memorable trip for my client, I kept the painting as close to the photograph as possible. My client loved the finished painting and proudly displays it in her living room, where it receives many favorable comments from her guests.

About Mount Kilimanjaro

Located in Tanzania, Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and happens to be the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet above sea level. Its three volcanic cones are named Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It isn’t certain where the name Kilimanjaro originates from, but there are several theories about that. A few possible meanings could be Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness, or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not be any of these.

This mountain is a popular attraction for hikers and mountain climbers from all over the globe. Some estimate that more people have died trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro than Mount Everest. However, it needs to be pointed out that Everest is attempted by significantly fewer climbers than Kilimanjaro.

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Return to Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove commission painting
© Copyright 2009 – Present

Title: Return to Peggy’s Cove
Size: 20″ x 18″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A marine painting featuring the famous Nova Scotia cove known as Peggy’s Cove. Hand-painted and signed by Teresa Bernard.

SOLD: This painting was created as a commission for an art collector who resides in Mississippi.

Artist Comments

Return to Peggy’s Cove 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 more paintings of the same subject for her.

Peggy’s Cove is a bay located in Nova Scotia. It is also a favorite place that holds many memories for her. The other painting I did for her is titled “Peggy’s Cove Revisited.”

Other paintings by me of Peggy’s Cove are:

peggy's cove oil painting
Peggy’s Cove
peggy's cove painting
Peggy’s Cove Revisited

 

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Peggy’s Cove Revisited

peggys cove oil painting
© Copyright 2008 – Present

Size: 20″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: An oil painting that features a famous cove in Nova Scotia called Peggy’s Cove.

SOLD: This oil painting is a commission order from an art collector in Mississippi.

Artist Comments

“Peggy’s Cove Revisited” is one of two commission paintings. An art collector contacted me after seeing a previous painting I had done called “Peggy’s Cove.” Although this painting is the same subject as the first one, there are some noticeable differences between the two, making Peggy’s Cove Revisited an original oil painting and not a reproduction. Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, is a favorite place that holds many memories for this art collector. She commissioned me to do two paintings for her. The second painting is titled “Return To Peggy’s Cove.”

Other paintings by me of Peggy’s Cove are:

return to peggys cove oil painting
Return to Peggy’s Cove
peggys cove painting
Peggy’s Cove

 

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“A while ago I came across your Web site and found your beautiful paintings. I am not an artist at all or have much knowledge about art, but some of your paintings have something that lifts them above ‘just a nice picture’, something that draws, that makes you look at them again and again. I love in particular your painting of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. It looks so pure and unspoiled, it has a dreamy atmosphere to it.” — Meike E., Chester NJ

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Land Rover Tracks of Mars

mars land rover painting
© Copyright 2012 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: Tracks left behind by one of the land rovers on the surface of Mars and one of its two small moons visible in the sky.

SOLD: This Martian landscape painting was a commission and was sold to an art collector in Japan.

Artist Comments

This painting is a commission painting depicting the tracks left behind by one of the land rovers on the Martian landscape. It is one of two custom paintings commissioned by an art collector in Japan. The other painting is called “First Footprint on the Moon.”

First Footprint on the Moon space art
First Footprint On The Moon

My client did not want the actual land rover in his painting; he just wanted the tracks left behind on the “red planet” by the robot vehicles. So I had to do some research on this subject before I could compose this painting. So I looked at many NASA photographs of Mars and the two now-famous land rovers before starting this painting. I needed to get a sense of the landscape and study the land rovers’ wheels to understand how their tracks were made as they moved across the dusty terrain. My client was very pleased when he saw his painting for the first time.

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER) is an ongoing robotic space mission that began in 2003 with they sent two land rovers to explore the Martian surface and geology. Read more about NASA’s Mars land rover expeditions.

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First Footprint on the Moon

first footprint on the moon painting
© Copyright 2012 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A rendition of man’s first step onto the surface of earth’s moon.

SOLD: This lunar landscape oil painting was a commission and has already been sold to an art collector in Japan.

Customer Feedback

I received my painting! Thank you very much, it’s a beautiful work of art! — P. Cooper, Yokosuka, Japan

Artist Comments

This painting depicts the historic event of man’s first walk on the moon. It is one of two custom paintings commissioned by an art collector living in Japan. The other painting is “Land Rover Tracks of Mars.”

Land Rover Tracks of Mars painting
Land Rover Tracks of Mars

Man first stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969. The iconic footprint depicts the infamous day when Neil Armstrong first put his left foot on the rocky Moon surface. The Apollo 11 crew had taken TV cameras with them, which meant people worldwide could watch when it happened. You can read more about this historic event on NASA’s website:  Apollo 11 – First Footprint on the Moon.

First Footprint on the Moon is my first painting of the space art genre. Since I have never been to the moon nor seen the iconic footprint in person, it required some research on my part to come up with this composition. First, I used a NASA photo of the footprint and spent time studying their photos of the moon’s surface to get an idea of what it would be like there. Then, for the background, I used photos of strange “alien-looking” landscapes found right here on earth to complete the composition. Then, I added the distant view of earth in the night sky to add the finishing touch. My client loved his painting when it was done. I love it too. He was so happy with it that he commissioned me to do another one for him. This time the setting would be Mars.

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