Southwest Paintings NOT by Teresa Bernard

I’m fed up! I can’t begin to express the frustration I’m experiencing with having my name misused by others. Individuals who are using my name, Teresa Bernard, to promote a line of southwest paintings I did not paint. It’s fraud, it’s a scam, and it has been going on for the better part of a decade.

Art Buyers Beware!

You should know that the southwest painting you have just purchased is NOT an authentic Teresa Bernard painting. Contrary to what some unscrupulous art dealers tell their unsuspecting customers, I’m not the artist of the southwest-style paintings they are trying to sell. Let me repeat, I am not a southwest painter, and I have never been.

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Southwest paintings NOT by Teresa Bernard

These so-called “southwest paintings by Teresa Bernard” are being sold on eBay, Offer Up, Let Go, and Fine Art America. I’ve even found them sold on a few auction websites as well. The listings say “Teresa Bernard painted them,” but they are not paintings of mine. I did not paint any of those paintings. Also, the listing agent uses excerpts of my bio without permission, an infringement of copyright. They use my bio in their descriptions to make these paintings seem more legit when they are not.

Why it Matters

When you compare the southwest paintings to mine, you will find my artistic style is entirely different from those paintings. There is no mistaking that fact. One look around my website confirms this. I’ve studied a large sampling of photos of these so-called “Teresa Bernard southwest paintings,” and there is a lack of consistency in artistic style from one painting to the next. It looks like they are the works of multiple artists. There are also variations in the signatures from one painting to the next too. And none of those signatures look anything like mine.

phony signatures of Teresa Bernard
Signatures vary from painting to painting and do not match.

Why it Should Matter to You

I receive emails all the time from individuals wanting verification that a particular southwest painting they have in their possession, or one they’re thinking of purchasing, is one of mine. They even attach a photo for me to look at. You can imagine their confusion when they learn I don’t do southwest paintings and that I’m not the artist of their painting. Still, others become quite indignant to learn their art dealer lied to them and fraudulently used my name to sell them a painting I didn’t paint. I feel bad for these individuals because they have fallen for a scam. All I can do is tell them to do their research, know what they are buying and whom they are buying from.

Who is this Teresa Bernard, Artist of Southwest Paintings?

At first, I thought it was a case of mistaken identity, that there is another artist in the world with the same name as me, and these must be her paintings. So I didn’t give too much thought to the seriousness of this situation until the emails started coming in on a regular basis.

So I did some research to see if I could discover who this southwest artist is. After searching on the internet, I quickly found out that I’m the only artist with the name Teresa Bernard who comes up in the “SERPS” (Search Engine Results Pages). There is no other artist with my name; I’m the only one. Go ahead try a search yourself to see what you come up with. I’ll wait.

Don’t you think it bizarre that there is absolutely NO information on the internet regarding this artist of southwest paintings? Why is it, if she is such a famous artist and her paintings are highly sought after, that she is nowhere to be found?

You won’t find a website for her or the location of her art studio. There are no art shows, exhibitions, or gallery announcements for her work. And you won’t find any press releases, news articles, or magazine articles either. There is absolutely no information whatsoever about this southwest painting artist. Therefore, I am convinced she doesn’t exist, anywhere or anyhow. Please prove me wrong if you can. I welcome it.

Proof of Authenticity

Certificate of Authenticity Furthermore, I provide a custom-designed Certificate of Authenticity for each of my paintings. This is something you won’t get with any of the southwest paintings by this imposter.

The art dealers trying to pass their paintings as authentic originals by Teresa Bernard have no proof whatsoever who painted them. All you have is their word for it. Can you really believe  100% of what they say? When you ask them for proof, they tell you to search the internet for the artist and compare the artwork and signatures. Well, we already know what happens when we do that, don’t we?

The truth is they have absolutely no proof at all. You just have to take their word for it. They end the conversation when you push back on them about the matter too. This is further proof something is amiss, and they know it but don’t care. They just want to make a buck at someone else’s expense.

Made in China

I believe these southwest paintings are created in China. Then they are shipped to the U.S., and the Chinese tell their buyers I am the artist. They exploit my name because I am all over the internet. If this isn’t the case, why can’t this other so-called artist “Teresa Bernard” be found? Why doesn’t she show herself? Or step up to make a public appearance and make herself known to the world? I’d be happy to send the individuals who email me to her website if only she had one.

I’m Not The Only One

Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper
Joanna Gaines

This scam isn’t an isolated incident either. Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” has also had her name misused in much the same way I’m experiencing.  It was even rumored that she was leaving her show to promote a line of skincare products. According to Joanna, this is simply not true. You can read her story here.

See For Yourself

If you are still convinced that I am the artist of your painting after reading this blog post, then before you send me an email with a photo attached, check out My Oil Paintings Index. It is a visual list of just about all my paintings. If your painting isn’t there, then it isn’t one of mine. However, if you find it pictured, I’m happy to answer your questions.

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DIY Storage for Fine Art Paintings

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My paintings are everywhere!

I’m retired from the workforce now, and that means I have more time to paint. I get to paint as much as I want, whenever I want. However, now I find myself in a situation where I need more space to store all these paintings until they go to their new homes. I designed a lightweight yet sturdy art storage rack to store my fine art creations to remedy this.

A “Do-It-Yourself” Solution for Storing My Fine Art Creations

Pictured here is the art storage rack. My husband helped me build it.

fine art painting storage
My DIY storage rack for all the paintings I’m creating. As you can see, I have room to add more.

We used 1/2″ PVC pipe and the appropriate fittings to bring it all together. The overall size is approximately 3ft wide x 3ft tall x 2ft deep. Neither my husband nor I had ever worked with PVC before, so it was a bit of a learning experience for us, though not a difficult one. It wasn’t hard to build; it just took some thought as we were constructing it. The only tool required for this project was a PVC pipe cutter. And once the various pieces were ready, the assembly was quick and easy. I now have a sturdy DIY storage rack that works for my paintings and blank canvases.

What do you think of my solution? I’m satisfied with how the rack turned out. I’m quite confident you could build something similar if you decide to go the same route as me.

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My Artist Blog Index

Artist Blog IndexAn index of my artist blog.

A Painting In The Making

Artist Statement

Developing An Artistic Style of Your Own

DIY Storage for Fine Art Paintings

Magnificence of Texas Sunsets, The

My Oil Paintings Index

Southwest Paintings NOT By Teresa Bernard

Sunset Paintings, Why I Love Them

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Other Art Indexes of Interest

My Artist Blog Index — You are here.

Index of Art Articles, Lessons, and Quizzes

My Oil Paintings Index

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My Oil Paintings Index

Oil Paintings Index of artist Teresa BernardBelow is a visual index of all my oil paintings. If you don’t see the painting you’re looking for here, it’s most likely not one of mine. Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive. I’ve been painting since my preteens, long before the Internet and the creation of this website. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of those early works, only my memories. As a result, there are some of my paintings out there that will only be appreciated by people who own them.

Updated: 02 April 2022

This index is updated on a frequent basis. As more paintings are completed, they are added to the paintings index.

All paintings are available for purchase unless indicated otherwise.

Flower Art Index

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white poppies painting
White Poppies in a Vase (2022)
6″ w x 8″ h
Available
Prickly Pear Cactus painting
Prickly Pear Cactus
(2021)
9″ w x 12″ h
Available
Tiger Lily Close-up
Tiger Lily Close-up (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
SOLD
Dill Flowers painting
Dill Flowers Close-up (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Protea Flower painting by Teresa Bernard
The King Protea Flower (2020)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Yellow Rose Art
Just Another Yellow Rose (2018)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Sunflower From Behind oil painting
Sunflower From Behind (2016)
20″ w x 16″ h
Available
Yellow rose art
Yellow Rose of Texas (2008) 
18″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
visual Oil Paintings Index of artwork
Magnolia Blossom (2007) 
18″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Oil Paintings Index of fine artist
Tyler Rose
(2006)
16″ w x 12″ h
SOLD

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Landscape Oil Paintings Index

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hot air balloon painting
Up, Up and Away!
(2022)
24″ w x 30″ h 
Available
barn painting
The Broadside of a Barn (2022)
12″ w x 9″ h 
Available
Up The Steps oil painting
Up The Steps
(2021)
9″ w x 12″ h
Available
Farmhouse painting
Raggedy Ol’ Farmhouse (2021)
12″ w x 9″ h
Available
Log Cabin Painting by Teresa Bernard
Log Cabin In the Autumn Woods (2021)
9″ w x 12″ h
Available
Fence Post in the Meadow by Teresa Bernard
Fence Post In The Meadow (2020)
9″ w x 12″ h
Available
the garden cottage painting by Teresa Bernard
The Garden Cottage (2020)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Devils Tower painting by Teresa Bernard
Devils Tower–Our First National Monument (2019) 6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Fine Artist Visual Oil Paintings Index
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
Lighthouse Monument, Palo Duro Canyon wall art
Lighthouse, Palo Duro Canyon (2016)
16″ w x 12″ h
Available
tractor tire oil painting
Tractor Tire, a Study of Texture (2016)
12″ w x 16″ h
Available
Texas Flag Barn artwork
Texas Flag Barn
(2015)
20″ w x 16″ h
Available
Life in Texas — Round Hay Bales painting
Life In Texas — Round Hay Bales (2013) 
16″ w x 20″ h
Available
Cowboy Sunset canvas wall art
Cowboy Sunset
(2012)
24″ w x 18″ h
Available
Forgotten Roads Of Bygone Days canvas artwork
Forgotten Roads Of Bygone Days (2012)
24″ w x 18″ h
Available
Camelthorn Trees of Africa painting
Camelthorn Trees Of Africa (2011)
24″ w x 24″ h
Available
Van Gogh’s Church at Auvers, France oil painting
Van Gogh’s Church At Auvers, France (2011) 
20″ w x 24″ h
Available
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Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro (2011)
24″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Covered Wagon On The Prairie artwork
Covered Wagon On The Prairie (2010)
20″ w x 16″ h
Available
Monument Valley artwork
Monument Valley – Navajo Nation (2009)
16″ w x 12″ h
Available
Calvary at Sunset wall artwork
Calvary At Sunset (2009)
20″ w x 16″ h
Available
Teresa Bernard fine art Oil Paintings Index
The Garden Tomb (2004)
9″ w x 12″ h
NOT FOR SALE
The Garden Tomb at Sunset oil painting
The Garden Tomb At Sunset (2004)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD
visual index of Oil Paintings
The Grand Teton Mountains (2003)
18″ w x 14″ h
SOLD
Oil Paintings Index visual fine art
Sunset Over Texas (2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD
Oil Paintings Index of fine art
Fence Post In The Snow (2001)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
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The Giants Of Sequoia (1998)
12″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
fine art Oil Paintings Index
Covered Bridge Of Lane County (1997)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD

Paintings Index of visual fine artist

Marine Paintings Index

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row boat painting
Rowboat at the Pier
(2021)
12″ w x 12″ h 
Available
seagull beach painting
Seagull Beach
(2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
SOLD
bow of the boat painting
Bow of the Boat
(2021)
18″ w x 18″ h
Available
Yaquina Head Lighthouse painting by Teresa Bernard
Yaquina Head Lighthouse (2021)
9″ w x 12″ h
Available
tropical sunset painting by Teresa Bernard
Sunset In The Tropics (2020)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
fine art commission Oil Paintings Index
Victoria Falls, Africa
(2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
Oil Paintings Index of fine art
Return To Peggy’s Cove (2009)
20″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
Currituck Beach Lighthouse oil painting
Currituck Beach Lighthouse (2008)
11″ w x 14″ h
Available
commission Oil Paintings visual Index
Peggy’s Cove Revisited (2008)
20″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
Sea Of Galilee At Capernaum painting
Sea Of Galilee At Capernaum (2005)
20″ w x 16″ h
Available
commissions Oil Paintings Index
Peggy’s Cove
(2005)
20″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
Still Life With Boat Fenders marine art
Boat Fenders, a Study of Texture (2003)
9″ w x 12″ h
Available
Teresa Bernard Oil Paintings visual Index
The Fisherman in a Red Boat (2003)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Along The Inter Coastal Waterway artwork
Along The ICW
(2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
Available
Oil Paintings Index
Irish Fishing Village, Bunratty IRL (2001)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD
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Heceta Head Lighthouse (2000)
16″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
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Clownfish
(1998)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
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Oregon Coast
(1997)
9″ w x 12″ h
SOLD

Oil Paintings Index

People & Portrait Paintings Index

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Sisters in Lavender
Sisters in Lavender
(2021)
24″ w x 18″h
Available
A Boy and His Dog painting by Teresa Bernard
A Boy and His Dog (2020)
24″ w x 18″ h
Available
Girl In Red The Dress Painting by Teresa Bernard
Girl in the Red Dress
(2020)
24″ w x 18″ h
Available
The Ballerina oil painting
The Ballerina
(2013)
24″ w x 18″ h
Available
Oil Paintings visual index
Portrait of Tera
(2005)
16″ w x 20″ h
NOT FOR SALE
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Portrait of Robert
(2003)
12″ w x 16″ h
NOT FOR SALE

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Space Art Index

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Beautiful Infinite painting
The Beautiful Infinite (2021)
12″ w x 12″ h
SOLD
Starship Enterprise painting
Starship Enterprise — To Boldly Go (2021)
24″ w x 18″ h
Available
moon and earth painting
A View of the Full Moon and Earth (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Starry Night with Lone Scraggly Tree
Starry Night with Lone Scraggly Tree (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Faraway Galaxy painting
In a Faraway Galaxy (2021) 
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Fly Me To The Moon painting by Teresa Bernard
Fly Me To The Moon
(2020)
9″ w x 12″ h
Available
Space The Next Frontier oil painting
Space…The Next Frontier (2017)
24″ w x 18″ h
Available
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Night Sky Over Delicate Arch (2017)
6″ w x 6″ h
SOLD
Moonset oil painting
Full Moon Rising
(2013)
20″ w x 16″ h
Available
Oil Paintings Index
First Footprint On The Moon (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
First Man on the Moon oil painting
First Man on the Moon (2012) 
24″ w x 18″ h
SOLD
my Paintings Index of commissions
Land Rover Tracks of Mars (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD

visual index of paintings

Still Life Oil Paintings Index

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rustic jugs oil painting
Rustic Jugs
(2021)
12″ w x 9″ h
Available
Red and Yellow Onions still life art
Still Life With Red and Yellow Onions (2021) 
18″ w x 18″ h
Available
Great-Grandma's Sewing Thread #1 painting
Great-Grandma’s Sewing Thread #1 (2021) 6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Great-Grandma's Sewing Thread #2 painting
Great-Grandma’s Sewing Thread #2 (2021) 6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Great Grandmas Tea Cup by Teresa Bernard
Great-Grandma’s Tea Cup (2020)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Clay Pottery Still Life painting
Still Life With Clay Pottery (2006)
14″ w x 11″ h
Available
Still Life with Coral and Lantern painting
Still Life With Coral And Lantern (2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
Available
Still Life with Fruit and Candle painting
Still Life With Fruit And Candle (2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
Available
Oil Paintings Index of Teresa Bernard
The Communion Table (2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
SOLD
The Study still life oil painting
The Study
(2004)
14″ w x 11″ h
Available
Paintings Index of still life
Barn Door With Horse Tack (2003)
12″ w x 9″ h
SOLD

visual index of fine artist paintings

Wildlife Oil Paintings Index

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Grove snail painting no 1
Snail #1: Last Leaf
(2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Gove Snail painting no 2
Snail #2: Left Hanging (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Gove snail painting no 3
Snail #3: Out on a Limb (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Grove Snail painting no 4
Snail #4: Turning Over a New Leaf (2021)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
zebra painting
Eye of the Zebra 
(2021)
12″ w x 9″ h
Available
American Bison Our National Animal By Teresa Bernard
The American Bison 
(2020)
24″ w x 18″ h
Available
monarch butterfly painting
The Monarch Butterfly (2019)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
Oil Paintings Index of wildlife
Africa Wildlife — Giraffes (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
my Oil Paintings Index
Africa Wildlife — Leopard (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
Oil Paintings Index
African Elephant On The Serengeti (2018)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD
TX Horned Toad Lizard Painting
The Texas Horned Lizard (2018)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
ladybug oil painting
Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight (2016)
6″ w x 6″ h
Available
ladybug on a flower painting
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage (2016) 6″ w x 6″ h
Available
white dog pet portrait
The Large White Dog (2016)
16″ w x 20″ h
Available
longhorn cow oil painting
Texas Longhorn in The Meadow (2013)
20″ w x 16″ h
Available
my Paintings Index
Pet Portrait of Frank (2010)
12″ w x 16″ h
SOLD
index of my oil paintings
Raging African Elephant (2007)
18″ w x 24″ h
SOLD

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Authenticity Certified

TB sealThis certifies that  I, Teresa Bernard, am the artist of all my paintings displayed on this website and that you are purchasing it directly from me. Your purchase of any of my paintings is not via art dealers or a gallery. Every painting by me comes with a custom-designed official Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed and embossed with my seal to guarantee the buyer is receiving genuine, original artwork. More information.

Art Commissions

Not Finding What You Are Looking For?

commission artist for hire

Teresa is also a commission artist and has painted for fellow art collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. If you have a special painting in mind you would like Teresa to paint for you, follow the link for more information on how to commission a painting. Or contact us for more information.

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Teresa’s Insider News

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Other Art Indexes of Interest

Artist Blog Index

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The Magnificence of Texas Sunsets

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Cowboy Sunset painting by Teresa Bernard.

Ah, the magnificence of Texas sunsets! One of the most beautiful places in the world to capture a sunset in oil on canvas is Texas. Being a native Texan, of course, I’m prejudiced!

With its vast open prairies, cacti, ghost towns, old west culture, and billowy clouds, the Lone Star State makes an excellent backdrop for some of the most breathtaking sunsets anywhere in the world. Artists like me, who are fortunate enough to reside here, have a plethora of opportunities to capture the setting sun in all its glory and magnificence in our sunset paintings. Those who don’t live here can delight in making trips to Texas to see the setting sun for themselves and take it back to their studios in the form of photos or sketches for future paintings.

With the varied skylines that each metropolitan has to offer, Texas cities can make for a stunning sunset cityscape. Artists can also witness the sunset on the beach along the Gulf of Mexico, or travel west for a more rugged landscape and catch a sight of the mountain peaks of Big Bend National Park silhouetted against an orange glowing sky.

Texas Sunsets

Artists flock to Texas every year to capture the setting sun in all its splendor as it disappears below the horizon. Here’s why:

    • A lovely sunset allows one to enjoy the better things in life.
    • A beautiful sunset helps to inspire you.

Some Quotes About Sunsets

“Nature paints not; In oils, but frescoes the great dome of heaven; With sunsets, and the lovely forms of clouds; And flying vapors.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Peace… is seeing a sunset, and knowing Who to thank.” – Unknown

“The setting sun, and the music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than long things past.” – William Shakespeare

“Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Additional Reading

Sunset Paintings, Why I Love Them

Paintings Of Sunset By Claude Monet

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Sunset Paintings, Why I Love Them

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Calvary Sunset painting by Teresa Bernard.

Texas is well-known for its spectacular sunsets. Growing up in Texas, I’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime of observing many beautiful skies filled with a wide array of shades of orange, yellows, purples, and blues. Is there any wonder that I would choose to create sunset paintings as part of my art repertoire?

For The Love of Sunset Paintings

Sunsets are certainly a favorite type of painting for me because of the many bright colors. I like how I can incorporate the sky at dusk (or dawn) into so many different settings of landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and even skyscapes.

And I’m not the only one who appreciates sunset paintings. Here’s why:

    • Sunset paintings are a picturesque representation of the evening sky and sun in all its grandeur and splendor. Just the way God intended.
    • Artists worldwide love to paint the close-of-day because it offers them opportunities to include vibrant shades of yellows, oranges, blues, and purples, along with earth colors of dark browns and rich blacks, which work together to create warmth and charm within their compositions.
    • The rays of light that bounce off and peek through the clouds create excitement and drama like no other. They catch the eye of the viewer, drawing him/her in.
    • Early evening is for romantics, and many artists have captured the romance of a setting sun in some of the most exotic places in the world.
    • Sunset paintings look great in just about any room of your home, office, or place of business.

    Other Sunset Paintings Of Interest

    Cowboy Sunset canvas wall art
    Cowboy Sunset
    (2012)
    24″ w x 18″ h
    Camelthorn Trees of Africa painting
    Camelthorn Trees Of Africa (2011)
    24″ w x 24″ h
    The Garden Tomb at Sunset oil painting
    The Garden Tomb At Sunset (2004)
    12″ w x 9″ h

    Additional Reading

    The Magnificence of Texas Sunsets

    Paintings of Sunsets by Claude Monet

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    If you have a question about this painting, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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Developing an Artistic Style of Your Own

vincent van gogh self portrait
Vincent Van Gogh – Self-Portrait 1886

One of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received came from a renowned artist who, after seeing several of my paintings, said that I had my own artistic style. That surprised me because, without recognizing it, I had established my own distinct painting style over the years.

Until that day, I hadn’t given much thought to even having my art style, much less trying to develop one. What’s more, I barely even knew what an art style was. I knew all the Old Masters had it, and that it was something good to have. So I set out to find out more about artistic style, what it is and where it comes from.

What exactly is artistic style?

Artistic style is a specific characteristic or group of characteristics that are consistently present in the artworks of an artist. It’s that extra little thing that an artist does to set himself apart from other artists.

Many artists, whether they realize it or not, have an identifiable style of painting. Their artistic style is neither good nor bad. It is simply the result of the particular choices and decisions a painter makes while composing their oil paintings. These decisions define the identity of an artist’s style and are made up of a combination of the mediums, techniques, and subject matter chosen. It’s not that an artist chooses to paint landscapes, still life, or portraits — those are only genres. Instead, it is HOW the artist handles each of the various art elements (line, form, texture, value, color, and shape) that make up the composition. Click for more information about the basic art elements.

Should you develop your own artistic style?

I would say “YES” if you ever hope to be taken seriously as an artist for the following reasons:

1. Developing your artistic style will help to define you and set you apart from other artists. It’s your individuality and uniqueness as an artist.

2. It’s what allows others who see your work to recognize it as yours without having to look at the signature on the canvas.

3. It offers you a way to have personal satisfaction from your works by expressing your ideas and inner vision.

4. If you plan to display your paintings in art galleries, then a distinct art style is something a gallery owner or curator will want to see in your work.

5. Finally, developing your style is necessary if you want your paintings to capture the eye of art collectors. Many collectors hold to a specific opinion of, “if it looks just like the real thing, then I’ll just take a photograph and hang it on the wall.” For many art connoisseurs, an artist’s style is the essence of the art.

How do you develop your artistic style?

Before I can tell you how to do that, I need to tell you how NOT to develop one. You won’t develop your artistic style by copying the works of other artists. Let me repeat that. If you copy the works of another artist, you will never develop a unique art style of your own. The reason for this is, when you copy someone’s work, you are merely imitating the choices and decisions that have already been made by the artist whose work you are copying.

Novice painters often do this. They copy the works of other artists they like, and this is a disservice to the world of art. As long as they continue to do this, they will never develop their unique artistic expression and move beyond being a mere hobbyist to a serious artist or even a professional one. Your artistic style is shaped by the decisions YOU make about the numerous elements that go into your artwork.

An artist’s unique artistic style does not develop overnight. It evolves over time due to either conscious or unconscious effort on the part of the artist, and it will most likely change many times as the painter grows as an artist. The best way to develop a style is to do a lot of painting. In doing so, you can expect your art style to progress as you acquire more experience, knowledge, and skills. As you move from painting to painting, you will find that specific artistic characteristics or qualities will reoccur repeatedly. This is your unique style. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to continue with the same art style for the rest of your life. You have the ability to change it at any time, and you will be surprised to learn that it can, and frequently does, evolve.

Additional Reading

A Painting in the Making

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A Painting In The Making

This blog article is about my painting process. How I take an empty canvas to a finished painting.

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Gallery wrap stretched canvas.

I compose and paint all of my works on stretched canvas that has been commercially primed. I prefer the type of canvas that wraps around the stretcher bar support. This allows me to carry the painting around the edge of the canvas giving it a more finished look. It also means the painting will not require a frame for display unless one is desired.

Gesso Primed Stretched Canvas

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Gesso primed canvas.

Even though the canvas I use has already been pre-primed by the manufacturer, it’s not sufficient. To provide appropriate support for the pigment, further layers of primer must be applied. The canvas must be prepped and ready to receive the oil paint before I can begin painting.
I apply two layers of gesso on the stretched canvas and allow each layer to dry thoroughly between coats. The canvas is next carefully sanded to remove any rough edges. I make an effort to prime as many canvases as possible. That way, whenever inspiration strikes and I want to start a new painting, I have a ready supply of prepped canvas on hand.

Click for more information on what to know about gesso. For step-by-step instructions on how to prime a canvas using gesso, check out this article on WikiHow: “How to Prime a Canvas.”

Sketching The Image

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Sketching the image on the canvas.

After the canvas has been adequately prepared, it is time to start sketching the image onto the canvas’s surface. Every painting begins as a simple grid drawn on the canvas. This grid serves to aid in the placement of the focal point and other elements where they will best compliment the overall composition. Using a pencil or stick of charcoal, I begin sketching the image that will eventually become the painting. I try to make the sketch as detailed as I can, making sure to include the shadow areas too.

BTW, I don’t usually make my grid lines this dark. It’s best to keep them light. I only made them dark so they would show up better for this example. I will erase them before the layer of under paint goes on.

The Underpainting

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The underpainting.

An underpainting is the first layer of paint applied to the canvas, and it serves as a foundation for the subsequent layers of paint that will be applied as the painting progresses. It’s a crucial layer that’s largely made up of pigment and medium (a blend of mineral spirits and linseed oil). I use this underpainting layer to get rid of the stark white canvas surface and begin blocking in color, which also helps define the image’s basic outline. I keep this layer thin, making sure not to cover up my sketch lines. That will happen later as I develop the painting as I add more layers of pigment. Once the underpainting layer has dried, I begin laying in oil paint layer upon layer and adding more and more detail as I go until the painting is complete.

Painting In Layers

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Layering on the oil paint.

I paint in layers and allow each layer some drying time before applying the next. This takes longer to finish a painting, but this technique will enable me to achieve the effect I’m working toward on each of my paintings. Depending on the amount of detail that needs to be included in the composition, some paintings will have more layers than others. Allowing each layer to dry reduces the overall drying time required before applying the varnish layers.

Applying Varnish

After the painting is finished and has had time to thoroughly dry, I will apply at least two coats of artist-grade clear varnish to protect it and bring out the colors.

The Finished Painting

white dog pet portrait
The finished painting.

The Large White Dog
Domestic Pet Painting by Teresa Bernard
16″ w x 20″ h
Oils on gallery wrap stretched canvas

Read more about this painting here.

Sneak Peeks

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Additional Reading

Ths Importance of Varnishing Oil Paintings

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Artist Statement by Teresa Bernard

Artist StatementMy Artist Statement

The love I have for quality fine art and my artistic ability are gifts from God. It is because of Him that I’m able to share these gifts with the world.

I’m told every artist needs an artist statement; this is mine.

Fine art has been my passion since I was young. I love working on my paintings, and I am often inspired by life and nature. I love many art styles, but realism is my favorite. As a realism artist, my approach to a subject is to portray it as it appears in life, just as God created it. However, I do admire other art styles, such as impressionism and abstract art. For example, Vincent Van Gogh and Picasso are among my favorite artists whose artistic styles reflect those styles. Others who are also my favorite include American artists Georgia O’Keeffe for her flower paintings and Thomas Kinkaid for his realism in art.

I love the challenge of painting a variety of subjects (landscapes, seascapes, still life, etc.), whatever inspires me at the moment. This accounts for the various categories of paintings found on this website. However, I think my favorite would have to be landscape since I do more than any other genre.

Oil paint is the medium I use to create my art on canvas. Painting in oils is a traditional form of art that many of the Old Masters used when they made their masterpieces. I love the work of the Old Masters, and someday I hope to be as much of an accomplished artist as they were.

I love sharing my paintings with others, so I’ve created this website to showcase a selection of my most recent oil paintings. As I finish more paintings, I will add them to my site. So take a look around and if you find something you like, feel free to post your comments or drop me an email. Be sure to check back periodically to see what’s new. Thank you for visiting my online art studio. It’s been a delight to share my paintings with you.

Blessings,
Teresa Bernard

Additional Reading

Artist Biography

More About The Artist

Artist Interview

My Oil Paintings Index

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UPDATED: 11 May 2021

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