Artist Biography

A Lifetime in Art

Teresa Bernard art
Teresa Bernard

Texas born artist Teresa Bernard began painting in her pre-teens under the instruction of her father Royce G. Phillips. Her dad, a professional artist himself, introduced Teresa to the world of fine art and oil painting. Royce was an oil painter who also taught art classes in their nearby hometown and the surrounding communities of Ballinger, Bronte, Edith, Robert Lee and Winters, Texas. He taught Teresa the love of art by teaching her how to paint. In addition, he taught her the fundamentals of art, composition and how to work in a variety of mediums, specifically oil paint, pencil sketches and charcoal drawings. There aren’t many artists who come from a succession of artists in their family, and Teresa is one among those with this particular distinction. Sadly her father passed away in 1976 during her senior year of high school. So that she could continue her studies in the fine arts, Teresa left home after graduation to attend college.

Formal Art Education

After graduating high school, Teresa attended college in Pasadena, California, where she continued her studies in the fine arts. There she studied art history and the “Old Masters,” color theory, acrylic and oil painting, drawing in a number of mediums, 2-D and 3-D design, perspective and art composition. While attending college there, Teresa also studied commercial art, graphic design, production art, typography, photography and other design related subjects, in addition to her fine art classes. This is when Teresa decided to pursue a career in graphic art creating artwork for the print media.

Years later Teresa acquired web design skills when she took some online college courses in HTML, JavaScript, and DHTML. Since then, on-going independent studies has allowed her to acquire skills in working with ASP, cascading style sheets, shopping carts, WordPress, internet and social media marketing, and search engine optimization.

Web & Graphic Design Education

  • Tyler Junior College School of Continuing Studies, Tyler TX
  • Pasadena Community College, Pasadena CA
  • Platt College, Eagle Rock CA
  • Oregon Polytechnic Institute, Portland OR
  • University of Illinois, Online

Fine Art Instruction

  • Royce Glen Phillips, Private Instructor, Bronte and Robert Lee TX
  • Pasadena Community College, Pasadena CA
  • Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News VA
  • Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton VA

Professional Design Positions

Teresa’s commercial artist career spans over two decades. During that time she has held positions as:

  • Desktop publisher and advertising designer for a trade publication and five community newspapers
  • Graphic designer for several print shops
  • Graphic designer in the marketing department of a prestigious hospital
  • Art director of an international magazine
  • Website designer/developer and search engine optimization (SEO) specialist for several Internet development companies
  • Webmaster for an online retail store and eBay store
  • Advertising design assistant for a major retail grocery chain
  • Graphic artist for a specialty printing company

Oil Painting, Her True Passion

Although her professional career has kept Teresa very busy through the years, she still loves oil painting in her spare time. She exhibits her paintings online, at art shows and fairs, and sells them wherever she can. Teresa has made a name for herself as a fine artist and, thanks to the Internet, she has sold her paintings around the world. It is her dream to eventually retire from commercial art and make her true passion, oil painting, her career.


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Royce G Phillips
Royce G. Phillips

Teresa Bernard is a native Texan, born and raised in west Texas. She began painting at an early age under the instruction of her father Royce G. Phillips, a professional artist. Her dad, now deceased, painted oil paintings and also taught art classes in their hometown and the surrounding communities. He taught Teresa the love of fine art by teaching her how to draw and paint. There aren’t many artists who come from a succession of artists in their family and Teresa is one among those with this particular distinction. After graduating high school, Teresa headed off to California where she continued her studies of the fine arts and also graphic design.

Teresa’s professional career, which spans over two decades, has been working as a graphic artist and web designer. After retirement she plans to devote most of her time painting and promoting her artwork.

Teresa loves many art styles, but realism is her favorite. She enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, still life, florals, spaceart and wildlife, as well as portraits. Teresa doesn’t specialize in one particular genre as she loves the challenge of painting whatever inspires her at the time. Through the years she has created a name for herself as an accomplished painter. Her paintings have won various awards in juried art show and, thanks to the Internet, have sold all across the U.S. and around the world.

In her life, Teresa has lived many places and each location has had a huge influence on her work. For instance, while living on the west coast, Teresa painted many coastal scenes and marine life. On the east coast she loved painting lighthouses. Now that she is back in her home state, she paints life as it is there.

Currently Teresa lives with her husband Robert on their horse ranch in a small east Texas community near Tyler.

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