African Wildlife — Three Giraffes

Africa wildlife giraffes commission painting

© Copyright 2019 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic composition of three wild African giraffes on the open planes of the Serengeti. This painting was commissioned and has sold. If you desire a something similar, Teresa Bernard does commissions.  Click on the link for more information.


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: This painting was a commission painting I was asked to paint for an art collector.  My customer wanted to present it to his adult daughter as a Christmas gift. I found this painting to be a challenging one as I had never painted giraffes before. I put a lot of thought into how to 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”. Nevertheless when the painting was completed and shipped to his residence, my customer contacted me to let me know his daughter loved it.

This work of art is one of five Africa themed paintings I was commissioned by this particular art collector. The links below will take you to the other 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.


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: 28 January 2020

African Wildlife — Leopard

Africa wildlife leopard commission portrait
© Copyright 2019 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic animal portrait painting of the African leopard. This painting is a commission and has sold. If you desire something similar, Teresa Bernard does commissions. Visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.


Artist Comments: This particular painting was commissioned by an art collector who loves Africa. He wanted an animal portrait created for his private African art collection. And he wanted it to be of a leopard. I painted this artwork from a reference photo provided by my customer.

This painting is one of five pieces of art about Africa I was commissioned to do for this collector. The links below will take you to the other 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.


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: 27 January 2020

Victoria Falls, Africa

Victoria Falls, waterfalls Africa commission oil painting

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic waterfall painting of the famous Victoria Falls, Africa. This painting is a commission and has sold. Teresa Bernard will also do an art commission for you. If you desire a similar painting to this one or some other subject matter, click the link above for more information.


Artist Comments: Victoria Falls is the third one in a series of five paintings about Africa that I was commissioned to paint. It resides along with others in a private Africa 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. 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 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.

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: 27 January 2020

Mount Kilimanjaro Rising

African landscape commission painting

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 30″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic African landscape painting of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. This painting is a commission and has sold. If you desire something similar, Teresa Bernard does commissions. Visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.


Artist Comments: This painting is the second in a series of five 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 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!”

The links below will take you to the other 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: 27 January 2020

African Elephant On The Serengeti

African wildlife Elephant commission painting

© Copyright 2018 – Present

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 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.

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

Some Interesting Facts About African Elephants

  • 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.

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: 27 January 2020

How To Commission A Painting


Please note: Teresa does not do replicas or copy the work of other artists. No exceptions.


oil painting artistTeresa 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:

  1. What is the approximate size of the painting you have in mind?
  2. What is the subject matter? Be descriptive, or better yet, email a digital photo of what you want a painting of.
  3. If a portrait, how many people/pets in a single painting?
  4. Be sure to include anything else you feel she might need to know.

What Teresa needs from you:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Past Commissions

Africa wildlife three giraffes
Africa Wildlife — Three Giraffes (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
Africa wildlife leopard
Africa Wildlife — Leopard (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
Victoria Falls, Zambia Africa painting
Victoria Falls, Africa
(2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
Mt Kilimanjaro Rising oil painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
African Elephant Serengeti painting
African Elephant On The Serengeti (2018)
18″ w x 24″ h
Land Rover Tracks of Mars painting
Land Rover Tracks of Mars (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
First Footprint on the Moon space art
First Footprint On The Moon (2012)
18″ w x 24″ h
Mt. Kilimanjaro Africa art
Scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro (2011)
24″ w x 18″
Pet Portrait
Pet Portrait of Frank (2010)
12″ w x 16″ h
Return To Peggy's Cove oil painting
Return To Peggy’s Cove (2009)
20″ w x 18″ h
Peggy's Cove Revisited
Peggy’s Cove Revisited (2008)
20″ w x 16″ h


Pet Portrait of Frank

Pet Portrait commission oil painting

© Copyright 2010 – Present

Size: 12″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A pet portrait painting of a black Labrador Retriever. Portrait of Frank is owned by a private art collector in Illinois.  This painting is a commission and has already sold. If you desire something similar, Teresa Bernard does art commissions. Click on the link for more information.


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

Africa landscape mountain commission 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. If you desire something similar, visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.


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 commission oil painting

© Copyright 2009 – Present

Size: 20″ x 18″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A marine painting featuring the famous Nova Scotia cove known as Peggy’s Cove. This painting is a commission and has sold. If you desire something similar, Teresa Bernard does commissions. Visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.

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 more 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.

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


Peggy’s Cove Revisited

Peggy's Cove Revisited commission painting

© Copyright 2008 – Present

Size: 20″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: An oil painting which features a famous cove in Nova Scotia called Peggy’s cove. This painting is a commission and has sold. Teresa Bernard will also do an art commission for you. If you desire a similar painting to this one, click the link above for more information.

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.