Size: 18″ x 24″ Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas Description: A realistic composition of three wild African giraffes on the open planes of the Serengeti. This painting was commissioned and has sold. If you desire a something similar, Teresa Bernard does commissions. Click on the link for more information.
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: This painting was a commission painting I was asked to paint for an art collector. My customer wanted to present it to his adult daughter as a Christmas gift. I found this painting to be a challenging one as I had never painted giraffes before. I put a lot of thought into how to 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”. Nevertheless when the painting was completed and shipped to his residence, my customer contacted me to let me know his daughter loved it.
This work of art is one of five Africa themed paintings I was commissioned by this particular art collector. The links below will take you to the other paintings that are part of this commissioned group.
Size: 30″ x 24″ Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas Description: A realistic waterfall painting of the famous Victoria Falls, Africa. This painting is a commission and has sold. Teresa Bernard will also do an art commission for you. If you desire a similar painting to this one or some other subject matter, click the link above for more information.
Artist Comments: Victoria Falls is the third one in a series of five paintings about Africa that I was commissioned to paint. It resides along 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. 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 paintings that are part of this commissioned group.
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.
Please note: Teresa does not do replicas or copy the work of other artists. No exceptions.
Teresa 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 some day. 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 own 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 is 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 own work. She will not copy the work of another 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 happy with or be very specific regarding what changes you want 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 over night. 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 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.
Don’t take offense is 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 simply too busy to take on another commission at the moment. Which ever 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.
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.
Size: 24″ x 18″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A snow painting of a hiker scaling up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. This painting was commissioned by an art collector in New Jersey. If you desire something similar, visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.
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: This was a commission painting done for a client who had hiked up Mt. Kilimanjaro one year. The 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 Mt. Kilimanjaro
Located in Tanzania Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro is actually a dormant volcano and also 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 Mt. Kilimanjaro than Mount Everest. However, it needs to be pointed out that Everest is attempted by significantly fewer climbers than Kilimanjaro.
Size: 20″ x 18″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: A marine painting featuring the famous Nova Scotia cove known as Peggy’s Cove. This painting is a commission and has sold. If you desire something similar, Teresa Bernard does commissions. Visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.
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 more 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.
Size: 20″ x 16″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: An oil painting which features a famous cove in Nova Scotia called Peggy’s cove. This painting is a commission and has sold. Teresa Bernard will also do an art commission for you. If you desire a similar painting to this one, click the link above for more information.
Artist Comments: “Peggy’s Cove Revisited” is one of two commissioned 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.” This painting is part of the Peggy’s Cove Series.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Mississippi.
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. This martian landscape painting is a commission and has sold. If you desire something similar, Teresa Bernard does commissions. Visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.
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.”
My client did not want the actual land rover in his painting, he just wanted the tracks that were left behind on the “red planet” by the robot vehicles. I had to do some research on this subject before I could actually compose this painting. So I looked at many NASA photographs of Mars and the two now famous land rovers before starting this painting. I had to get a feel of what the landscape is like as well as study the wheels of the land rovers so I could understand how their tracks were made when they moved across the dusty landscape. 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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Size: 18″ x 24″ Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas Description: A rendition of man’s first step onto the surface of earth’s moon. This lunar landscape oil 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.
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.”
Man first stepped on the moon 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 and this meant people all over the world could watch when it happened. You can read more about this historic event at NASA’s web site: 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. 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. 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 absolutely loved his painting when it was done. I love it too. In fact, he was so happy with it that he commissioned me to do another one for him. This time the setting would be Mars.