African Wildlife — Three Giraffes

Africa wildlife giraffes painting
African Wildlife — Three Giraffes © Copyright 2019 – Present

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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African Wildlife — Leopard

African leopard painting
African Wildlife — Leopard © Copyright 2019 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic wildlife portrait painting of the African leopard. The leopard is sitting in front of a camouflaged background.

This painting of an African Leopard is hand-painted on stretched canvas. It does not require a frame before displaying because the composition extends around the edges of the canvas giving it a contemporary look. However, it will look great if you choose to frame it.

SOLD: This painting is a commission and has sold.

Artist Comments

This painting of the African leopard was commissioned by an art collector who is passionate about Africa. He wanted me to create a wildlife portrait of a leopard created for his private African art collection. I painted this artwork from a reference photo provided by my client. It is one of five paintings he had me paint for him. However, before I started work on this painting, I read up a little bit on this big cat.

About African Leopards

Leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. They live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. They easily adapt to a wide variety of habitats, altitudes, and temperatures, from high mountains to deserts to rainforests. The largest of the species are named after the regions where they’re found, like the North African leopard and the Persian leopard. These big cats have a varied diet and enjoy different kinds of grub. They will eat bugs, fish, antelope, monkeys, rodents, deer; pretty much any prey that is available!

Other Paintings in This Commission 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
Victoria Falls, Zambia Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa

African Wildlife
Africa Wildlife — Giraffes
African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant on the Serengeti

 

 

 

 

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Victoria Falls, Africa

Victoria Falls Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa © 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 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.

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.

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

 

 

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Mount Kilimanjaro Rising

African landscape painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising © Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic African landscape painting of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania rising above the planes of Africa.

SOLD: This painting is a commission and has sold.

Artist Comments

This painting is the second in five commissioned paintings by a private art buyer in San Diego, CA.

I named this painting “Mount Kilimanjaro Rising.” Initially, I was going to call it “Mount Kilimanjaro Rising Above The Serengeti,” which was taken from the lyrics of a famous Toto song, “Africa.” It goes like this…

“…As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti…”

I loved that song when I was a teen, and I still do. However, as I started my research on Africa and specifically Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered this mountain isn’t on the Serengeti, which is a vast nature reserve and safari destination. Instead, Kilimanjaro is several hundred miles away inside a national park in Tanzania called Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. So I decided to name this artwork Mount Kilimanjaro Rising which I feel is a more fitting name.

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and is snow-capped year-round. As one observes this painting, the viewer has the sense the mountain is floating above the clouds.

This particular work of art isn’t the first time I’ve painted this splendid mountain. I was also commissioned to paint it several years ago from a photograph taken by my customer (not the same one as this painting) while they were on a hiking expedition up Kilimanjaro’s north face. That painting is called “Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro.” Follow the link to see it.

After researching and creating all of these artworks of Africa, I find myself wanting to explore the African continent on my next vacation. I love to travel and see what all the world has to show me! When I’m asked where my favorite travel destination is, my reply is always “anywhere I’ve never been  before!”

Other Paintings in This Series

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

Victoria Falls, Zambia Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa

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

 

 

 

 

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Land Rover Tracks of Mars

mars land rover painting
Land Rover Tracks of Mars © 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
First Footprint on the Moon © 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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Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro commission painting
Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro © 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 on Mount Everest. However, it needs to be pointed out that Everest is attempted by significantly fewer climbers than Kilimanjaro.

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Pet Portrait of Frank

black dog painting
Pet Portrait of Frank © 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.

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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 as 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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Return to Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove painting
Return to Peggy’s Cove © Copyright 2009 – Present

Size: 20″ x 18″
Support: Tradition-Style Stretched canvas
Description: A marine painting featuring a famous tourist attraction known as Peggy’s Cove. Hand-painted and signed by Teresa Bernard.

Return to Peggy’s Cove painting is composed on a traditional-style stretched canvas. Its sides are raw and unpainted. This painting will need to be framed to give it that finished look before it is put on view.

SOLD: Return to Peggy’s Cove painting was created as a commission for an art collector who resides in Mississippi.

Artist Comments

Return to Peggy’s Cove is one of two commission paintings I did for an art collector in Mississippi. This particular art buyer saw a previous painting I had done of this beautiful cove and contacted me to do two similar paintings for her. (The other painting is titled “Peggy’s Cove Revisited” and is shown below.) Peggy’s Cove is a favorite place for my client and it held many memories for her.

About Peggy’s Cove

Peggy’s Cove is a bay located on the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, and is one of the most photographed fishing villages in the world. This village was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1987 and is a popular tourist destination today.

Other paintings by me of Peggy’s Cove are:

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

 

 

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Peggy’s Cove Revisited

peggys cove oil painting
Peggy’s Cove Revisited © 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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