Victoria Falls, Africa

Victoria Falls oil painting

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic painting of the famous Victoria Falls, a waterfall in Africa.


Artist Comments: Victoria Falls is the third one in a series of three paintings about Africa that I was commissioned to paint. It resides along with the other two in the private 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 two paintings that are part of this commissioned group.

Other paintings of Africa that I’ve created are found in my blog article called Adventures In Africa Collection.

Some Interesting Facts About Victoria Falls

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.


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UPDATED: 21 July 2018

Mount Kilimanjaro Rising

Mt Kilimanjaro Rising

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic painting of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa.


Artist Comments: This painting is the second in a series of three commissioned Africa paintings by a private art buyer in San Diego, CA.

I named this painting “Mount Kilimanjaro Rising”. Originally 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 was starting my research on Africa and specifically Mt. Kilimanjaro, I discovered this mountain isn’t on the Serengeti, which is a huge nature reserve and safari destination. Kilimanjaro is actually 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 for it.

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. Several years back I was also commissioned to do a painting of it from a photograph taken by my customer (not the same one as this painting) while they were on a hiking expedition up the face of Kilimanjaro. That painting is called “Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro“. Follow the link to see it.

After having done the research on and creating all of these artworks of Africa, I find myself wanting to explore the Africian 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!”

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

Other paintings of Africa that I’ve created are found in my blog article called Adventures In Africa Collection.


commission artist for hireTeresa creates works of art for fellow art lovers all over the world. Follow this link to find out how to commission a painting of your own. Or contact us for more information.


UPDATED: 14 July 2018

Pet Portrait of Frank

Pet Portrait oil painting

© Copyright 2010 – Present

Size: 12″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A commissioned painting of a black Labrador Retriever. Pet Portrait of Frank is owned by a private art collector in Illinois.

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.


commission artist for hireTeresa creates works of art for fellow art lovers all over the world. Follow this link to find out how to commission a painting of your own. Or contact us for more information.


Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro

snow mountain painting

© Copyright 2011 – Present

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. It did not require framing as the painting extended around the edges of the canvas.

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.


commission artist for hireTeresa creates works of art for fellow art lovers all over the world. Follow this link to find out how to commission a painting of your own. Or contact us for more information.


Return to Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove oil painting

© Copyright 2009 – Present

Size: 20″ x 18″
Support: Stretched canvas

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 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.

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Peggy’s Cove Revisited

peggy's cove wall art

© Copyright 2008 – Present

Size: 20″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas

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.

For more information on how to commission a painting select Art Commissions Info.


Land Rover Tracks of Mars

mars landscape painting

© 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. This painting did not require a frame as the image extended around the edges of the painting.


Artist Comments: This painting is a depiction of the tracks left behind on the Martian landscape by one of the land rovers. It is also 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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First Footprint on the Moon

lunar footprint painting

© Copyright 2012 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A rendition of mans first step onto the lunar surface. This painting did not require a frame as the image extended all the way around the sides of the painting.

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.


commission artist for hireTeresa creates works of art for fellow art lovers all over the world. Follow this link to find out how to commission a painting of your own. Or contact us for more information.