Cowboy Sunset

cowboy TX sunset painting

© Copyright 2012 – Present

Size: 24″ x 18″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A vivid sunset with the silhouette of a cowboy. This painting will not need a frame as the painted image extends around the edges of the canvas.


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Artist Comments: Some of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world happen right here in Texas, but of course I might be just a tad bit biased in that regard. I love the bright, colorful sunsets that I have the privilege of enjoying almost every evening. I also love the idea of cowboys, horses and the Old West. I remember back in my childhood pretty much all you could watch on TV were westerns. It was a fantasy life all us kids dreamed about living someday. We would pretend to be cowboys and rode imaginary horses for hours until mom called us in for supper.

When my husband decided it was time to retire from the Navy and settle down to live life as civilians, we bought some land and built a small ranch in East Texas with a couple of horses, a donkey and a few head of cattle. It was our dream to live the cowboy way of life. The cowboy in this painting is of no one in particular, just a cowboy.

Some Funny Quotes About the “Cowboy Way of Life”

• If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

• Always drink upstream from the herd.

• Don’t squat with your spurs on!

• Behind every successful rancher is a wife who works in town.

• Few cowboys ever owned much. The primary reward of being a cowboy is the pleasure of living a cowboy’s life.

This painting is part of the Life in Texas Series.

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Camelthorn Trees of Africa

African Camelthorn Trees painting

© Copyright 2011 – Present

Size: 24″ x 24″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A depiction of the famous camel thorn trees of the African Namib-Naukluft National Park.


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Artist Comments: This painting was a fun one to do. At first it appears to be a bit surreal which is not the genre of art that I normally do. I’m a realist painter and in my work I strive to represent the world as it actually appears. This painting is actually a landscape and was painted from an actual photograph that was taken in Namib-Naukluft National Park, Africa. It depicts camelthorn trees with a sand dune rising in the background. The sand dune is bathed in orange by the effects of a rising sun. The trees are in shadow from another nearby dune. Some believe these trees have been dead for hundreds of years and that their failure to decompose is because the desert is so arid.

For more information about Namib-Naukluft National Park in Africa visit their website.

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Calvary at Sunset

Christian art painting

© Copyright 2009 – Present

Size: 20″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: Sunset landscape painting of calvary, Christian themed art on stretch canvas depicts a silhouette of the cross.

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Artist Comments: This painting is a religious themed landscape painting portraying the cross in silhouette against a colorful evening sky. It is not to be taken as the literal representation of the crucifixion of our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rather it depicts that moment in time just after the disciples took His lifeless body down from the cross.

The Holy Bible tells us about this momentous historical event throughout its pages. From Scripture we learn that Jesus Christ endured the crucifixion from approximately 9 A.M until 3 P.M. and that His dead body was removed from the cross just before sundown. Whereas, the four New Testament Gospels describe some kind of supernatural phenomena which occurred at the moment of His death.

From the four Gospels we learn…

  • The Gospel of Matthew account mentions an earthquake,  the opening of the saints tombs in the vicinity and the resurrected saints making an appearance in Jerusalem.
  • The Gospel of Mark reveals how darkness spread throughout the land and the temple veil being ripped in two.
  • The Gospel of Luke tells us Jesus was crucified with criminals and that the Roman soldiers mocked Him and cast lots for His clothing.
  • The Gospel of John describes how the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and that Jesus was crucified at Golgotha which means the place of the Skull.

Calvary At Sunset is part of a series of oil paintings called the Christian Art Series.

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Bunratty Ireland

Bunratty Ireland landscape painting

© Copyright 2001 – Present

Size: 12″ w x 9″ h
Support: Canvas panel board
Description: A landscape painting of an old Irish folk village located in Bunratty Parish, a republic of Ireland.

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Artist Comments: In the summer of 2000 a friend of mine made several business trips to Ireland. After he completed his work for the day, he would venture out into the nearby countryside and local communities to see the sites and take photos of his trip. This landscape painting is from a photo of one of the places he visited while there. It depicts Bunratty, a small folk village in southwest Ireland not far from Shannon and Limerick. The village gets its name from nearby Bunratty Castle, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. The castle is a major tourist attraction famous for its medieval banquets. Bunratty Castle overlooks the Raite river and the village lies just to the west of the castle. The castle and village are open to the public and feature around 30 buildings.

Fun Facts About Bunratty

  • Bunratty is an Irish word which means “End of the Raite River”.
  • The first settlement in Bunratty is thought to have been built by Vikings in the 10th century and possibly destroyed by an Irish king named Brian Boru.
  • The castle was built around 1277 by Mucegros, a Anglo-Norman ruler.
  • For a history about Bunratty Castle visit here.

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The Ballerina

ballerina dancer painting

© Copyright 2013 – Present

Size: 24″ x 18″
Support: Stretched canvas


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Artist Comments: This painting is of no one in particular… just a dancer. Ballet is a form of dance and expression that I admire. If I had had opportunity to do so when I was a young girl, I would have loved to take ballet. But my family didn’t have a lot of money to spare. I am very grateful to be an oil painting artist though, thanks to my dad. Check out my artist bio.

I love live ballet performances. Nothing can compare with watching these talented artists on stage. The music, the sets, the ambiance, and the gracefulness of these dancers as they move across the stage is something to behold.

Performing ballet is not for “the faint at heart.” To become a professional dancer, training often starts as early as 2 years of age. And it takes years of extensive training and proper technique in order to hone one’s skill enough to become part of a professional dance company. In addition, ballerinas are at high risk of injury because the style and technique of this art form can be so demanding.

I was in my late teens when I saw my first ballet. My best friend Cyndie and her family had tickets to see the Nutcracker Suit at a theater in town. I can’t remember the reason why, but Cyndie wasn’t able to attend so she gave me her ticket. She felt of all her friends, I would appreciate the ballet the most and she was right. Thank you Cyndie for allowing me to have your seat at the ballet. I’ve love this art form ever since.

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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.

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More About Teresa

Royce G Phillips
Royce G. Phillips

Teresa Bernard is a native Texan, born and raised in west Texas. She began painting at an early age under the instruction of her father Royce G. Phillips, a professional artist. Her dad, now deceased, painted oil paintings and also taught art classes in their hometown and the surrounding communities. He taught Teresa the love of fine art by teaching her how to draw and paint. There aren’t many artists who come from a succession of artists in their family and Teresa is one among those with this particular distinction. After graduating high school, Teresa headed off to California where she continued her studies of the fine arts and also graphic design.

Teresa’s professional career, which spans over two decades, has been working as a graphic artist and web designer. After retirement she plans to devote most of her time painting and promoting her artwork.

Teresa loves many art styles, but realism is her favorite. She enjoys painting landscapes, seascapes, still life, florals, spaceart and wildlife, as well as portraits. Teresa doesn’t specialize in one particular genre as she loves the challenge of painting whatever inspires her at the time. Through the years she has created a name for herself as an accomplished painter. Her paintings have won various awards in juried art shows and, thanks to the Internet, have sold all across the U.S. and around the world.

In her life, Teresa has lived many places and each location has had a huge influence on her work. For instance, while living on the west coast, Teresa painted many coastal scenes and marine life. On the east coast she loved painting lighthouses. Now that she is back in her home state, she paints life as it is there.

Currently Teresa lives with her husband Robert on their horse ranch in a small east Texas community near Tyler.

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Artist Interview: Teresa Bernard

A few years ago I had the privilege of being interviewed by an art student who was attending college in California. His assignment was to pick an artist, interview that person and write a paper about the interview. His questions were intelligent and well thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience answering Eric’s questions and was delighted to read his paper.

Artist Interview: Teresa Bernard
By Eric Pott – May 8, 2007

For my artist interview project, I was fortunate in my Internet search to find the website of Teresa Bernard, a Texas painter. Teresa is an accomplished artist with a wide variety of skills and experience; she has an interesting background and has had the opportunity to express her creative abilities within her career as well as for her personal enjoyment. Teresa is primarily an oil painter; she showcases and sells her art on her web page while at the same time pursuing web design professionally. After seeing her paintings, I decided to contact Teresa, and was delighted when she e-mailed me back to say that she would be honored to be the subject of my interview.

I was initially drawn to Teresa’s website, which I found while browsing the “Yahoo!” artist directory by category; I was interested in talking with a painter, and I found that she painted with a number of different types of subject matter, including religious paintings. I noticed that her website contained a great deal of information already, and I guessed that there was a great deal of interesting thought that she could elaborate on in terms of some of her early influences and her knowledge of art within the context of her career. I also wanted to learn her opinions of the art world and of its business aspects. I contacted her via e-mail in late April, and we communicated for about a week or so during which I submitted to her my interview questions about her art, background, career, and her opinions of the art world in general.

Teresa was very fortunate to have learned many artistic elements and principles early in life. Her father was an art teacher, who studied under the instruction of a successive line of artists; he taught classes in her town, as well as in some of the surrounding communities. In our interview she placed a tremendous amount of emphasis on the artistic fundamentals and principles of design that he taught her: “….shading, lighting, composing, design, proportion, perspective, balance….all the elements that go into good composition.” Mrs. Bernard had attended college here in California, and she described in the interview that she had not originally intended to become an art student, but instead initially studied Bible and communications courses. She attended Ambassador College (which she later mentioned was right across the street from the Norton Simon Museum) in Pasadena, until it lost its funding; she then transferred to Pasadena Community College. There she began significant studies in the school’s substantial fine arts program, where she was required (among other things) to compose and paint artworks using styles from each major period of thought. “It was during [these] classes,” she said, “that I gained my appreciation of various art techniques and styles.”

I was interested in how she applied her artistic style in her career, and she described some of her experience as a graphic designer. She found much of her work on newspaper layouts, advertisement designs, and art design for a collector car magazine to be very rewarding. “I was doing what I love to do,” she said, especially with “complex pieces,” but she did not recommend a career in graphic design unless one was very determined. Easy access to desktop software and other tools have reduced the demand for graphic artists, she explained, and it is difficult to earn a very good salary in such a field – which was one reason why she was prompted to move into the area of web design. Designing web pages is a task that suits her personal style as a realist; she feels that often web pages are, in substance, a form of advertisement or brochure meant to advertise a product that requires a very direct approach to the viewer. “Realism in art conveys the message in a straightforward manner,” she expressed, “What better way is there than to use realism in designing a web site?”

covered bridge in Lane County, OR
Covered Bridge In Lane County, Oregon
12″ w x 9″ h

This realistic approach is evident in many of her paintings. “I paint what I see in a realistic way,” is how she illustrates her personal style. Covered Bridge in Lane County, Oregon, one of her landscape paintings, is an excellent example of this. Colorful fall hues, deep shadows and well-composed single-point perspective provide depth and space to this painting, which conveys a simple and rustic virtue that is implied in the aged white bridge and natural surroundings. Strong command of perspective is important in many of her paintings; to her, this technique is largely what gives a subject depth. “Without good perspective, the entire painting can be thrown off and proportions are wrong,” she notes. She uses layered paint and careful application of color with a dry brush to achieve a sense of texture in her compositions as well. It is with these techniques that she often communicates a very Christian message within her paintings; her desire seems to be to represent God’s handiwork in nature, honoring the “beauty and majesty of all creation” through realism.

Mrs. Bernard has some experience within the art world in terms of shows and exhibitions, and she listed several types in which she has entered her paintings; judged art shows, gallery fundraisers, and online auctions. She seems to prefer displaying her work within these types of exhibits rather than in privately owned art galleries; often times these galleries show multiple artists’ work, and she feels that much of the time artists do not receive as much individual promotion because of this. “I have much more interest in promoting my work than the gallery owner does,” she observes. “Their interest is making money no matter whose work they sell.” Additionally, in her experience she has seen galleries often charge outrageous commissions, about forty to fifty percent. Teresa hopes to eventually be able to paint and show her work full time in art shows.

I enjoyed my interview with Mrs. Bernard; it was interesting and informative. As a student of art, it was intriguing for me to be able to ask real questions and receive good practical insights into the techniques that a professional artist uses, and to learn about the business end of the art world. The most important thing that I took away from the interview, however, was that to have a career in art, it is important to love what you do. “Most people work in jobs they do not like, but that has never been the case for me,” she stated. “I’ve never not loved what I do for a living.”

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At the time of the interview Eric Pott was an art student attending Cerro Coso Community College in Ridgecrest CA. Eric reported to me that he received an A on this assignment.

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Heceta Head Lighthouse

lighthouse seacoast painting

© Copyright 2000 – Present

Size: 16″ x 12″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A depiction of a famous Oregon coast lighthouse. This painting sold to a private art collector in California.

Artist Comments: I find Oregon to be one of the most beautiful places in America. Having lived there for a number of years, “The Beaver State” has inspired numerous paintings of its scenery. Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of those paintings.

This oceanview oil painting is of the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse, built between 1892-1893. Perched high on a bluff approximately 150 feet above the sea, it stands watch over the Oregon coast 2 miles north of the famous Sea Lion Caves. Its beam can be seen for 21 nautical miles making it the strongest light on Oregon’s coastline. Heceta Head Lighthouse is a favorite place for tourists as it is one of the most-visited lighthouses in the United States. The lighthouse offers visitors easy access and an outstanding view of the Oregon coastline and Pacific Ocean.

Although I no longer live in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon continues to be a source of inspiration for me. Below are two more paintings of Oregon.

A Few Interesting Facts About Heceta Head Lighthouse

  • Year beacon first lit: 1894
  • Height: 56′
  • Automated: 1963
  • Year first constructed: 1892
  • Materials: Stucco, Brick
  • Coordinates: 44.13737°N, 124.127835°W
  • Tower shape: Conical attached to workroom
  • Original lens: First order Fresnel lens
  • Range: 21 nautical miles
  • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places

For more information about this seaside attraction, please visit this website.

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The Giants of Sequoia National Park

national park painting

© Copyright 1998 – Present

Size: 12″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas

Artist Comments: This snow painting was inspired by a photograph of the giant Sequoia trees located in Sequoia National Park, California. I’ve seen and walked among these giant trees, they truly are magnificent!

Visit the website of Sequoia National Park for more information.

Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in California.

The painting looks phenomenal in my living room and is a wonderful conversation piece. All my guests just rave about it. — C. Dalton, South Pasadena CA

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