Size: 18″ x 24″ Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas Description: This realistic style painting depicts an African bull elephant on the Serengeti, a wildlife preserve and safari destination. This painting is a commission and has sold. Teresa Bernard also does art commissions. If you desire a similar painting to this one, click the link above for more information.
Teresa, our favorite elephant just arrived. My wife and I absolutely love it. So much more special in person. Fantastic! We can hardly wait to see the next two. Thanks again. — G. Callan, San Diego CA
Artist Comments: This painting is the first one of five commission paintings I painted for a client who lives in San Diego, California. He first contacted me about another elephant painting that I had painted several years back called Raging African Elephant. Since that one had already sold, he commissioned me to do the one above. While I was working on this painting, this same client commissioned more paintings of Africa.
The links below will take you to the other paintings that are part of this commissioned group.
The word “elephant” comes from the Greek word “elephas” meaning “ivory”.
Elephants are the largest of all land animals and have an average life span of 50 to 70 years. There are only two distinct types of elephants — African and Asian. Of these two varieties, African elephants are the largest. The African variety have larger ears than their Asian cousin. Their ears look like the African continent and are used to radiate heat away from their body. Asian elephant ears are smaller and rounded.
African elephants prefer to stay in herds of 12 to 20 and the majority of them live on the Savannah. Both the male and female African elephants grow tusks. They can grow to more than 12 feet tall and weigh up to about 7 tons (14,000 pounds).
Males are called bulls, females are cows, and a baby is called a calf. When a calf is born, it can weigh 200 pounds and stand 3 feet tall. Gestation is about 22 months. The females are extremely social and take very good care of their offspring.
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.
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