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

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.


The Garden Tomb

Gethsemane Israel painting

© Copyright 2004 – Present

Size: 9″ x 12″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: An oil painting of a famous Israeli garden visited by many every year. It depicts the Garden Tomb at Gethsemane.

NOT FOR SALE: This painting is part of Teresa’s private art collection and is not for sale. However, if you love this painting and want one of your own, she does do art commissions. Visit How To Commission A Painting for more information.


Artist Comments: This painting of a rock-cut tomb situated in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, and is one of my personal favorites. This famous Israeli location is believed by many Christians to be the burial and resurrection place of Jesus Christ after His crucifixion at Golgotha, the place of the skull. Being a devout Christian, this particular painting has a lot of personal meaning for me. It is one of two I painted of this famous travel place. The other painting is called The Garden Tomb at Sunset.

The Burial and Resurrection of Jesus the Christ
“As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.” Matthew 27:57-60

“He is not here: for He is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:6

The Garden Tomb is part of the Holy Lands series.


The Communion Table

religious still life painting

© Copyright 2004 – Present

Size: 14″ x 11″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A traditional still life painting with bread and wine. Religious elements are also present giving it a spiritual essence.

SOLD: This religious still life painting has sold to an art collector in Singapore. If you like this painting and desire one that is similar or some other subject matter, Teresa Bernard does art commissions. Click the link above for more information.


Artist Comments: This is a typical still life painting of bread, grapes and wine,  elements often used by artists when painting a communion still life. However, I added a few more elements to my rendition, a candle representing Jesus Christ the light of the world, and The Holy Bible the Word of God.

God is a very big part of my life. I felt inspired to do some paintings which contain an inspirational message and this painting is one of those. It depicts the bread and wine of communion and has special meaning to me.

This piece of wall art is part of a series of paintings called the Christian Art Series.


Peggy’s Cove

peggy's cove nova scotia painting

© Copyright 2005 – Present

Size: 20″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A marine painting of a famous vacation spot in Nova Scotia called Peggy’s Cove.

SOLD: This seaside painting sold to a private art collector in Maine and is no longer available, however, if you would like a similar work of art for your own, contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting: Art Commissions Info.


Artist Comments: This is one of my earlier paintings. This is of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. This little fishing village surrounds a narrow ocean inlet which provides safe haven for boats during the Atlantic’s rough weather. It is one of the most popular tourist stops in Nova Scotia and is considered the most photographed location in all of Canada. This painting is part of the Peggy’s Cove Series.

You can find out more about the Peggy’s Cove Coastal Region at their website.


Magnolia Blossom

magnolia blossom close up painting

© Copyright 2007 – Present

Size: 18″ x 18″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A close-up depiction of the southern Magnolia Grandiflora blossom.

SOLD: This particular painting sold to a private art collector in Georgia, however, if you would like a similar one of your own, contact us. For more information on how to commission a painting: Art Commissions Info.

See Flower Paintings for more art of this genre by Teresa Bernard.


Artist Comments: This painting is of the Magnolia Grandiflora, commonly  known as the southern magnolia or bull bay. These large, showy flowers grow on trees native to East Texas, in addition to several other southern and southeastern states. The trees have large, glossy leaves and huge, fragrant white blossoms. Their sweet-smelling blossoms are considered an emblem of feminine sweetness and beauty.

Magnolias are often a favorite subject matter for many artists. They are certainly a favorite flower of mine. I was drawn to the way the light hit this Magnolia’s pedals and immediately knew I wanted to do a painting of this magnificent flower.

Some Interesting Things to Know About Magnolias

  • After planting, it can sometimes take up to 10 years for a Magnolia tree to bloom.
  • Magnolias bloom from April to June.
  • Southern Magnolia blossoms grow between 8 and 12 inches.
  • Magnolia blossoms grow at the end of the tree’s branches.
  • The fragrance of the Magnolia flower has pleasant scent that resembles the smell of tropical fruit.
  • The dense foliage and shallow roots make it very difficult to grow grass under its shade.
  • Its root system will crack sidewalks and pavements if planted too close to them.
  • Magnolia trees require plenty of space as they can grow up to 40 ft. wide and 80 ft. tall.
  • Both Louisiana and Mississippi claim the Magnolia as their official state flower.

Raging African Elephant

africa wildlife elephant painting

© Copyright 2007 – Present

Size: 18″ x 24″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A realistic painting  depicting the wildlife of Africa. This specific  animal is an African bull elephant. This painting sold to a private art collector in North Carolina.

SOLD: This African wildlife painting is sold. If you desire something similar artwork to this one or have something else in mind, do not hesitate to contact us, Teresa Bernard does art commissions. Click on the link for more information.


Painting has arrived. I am pleased to add it to my collection. Thank you. — H. Shaw, Winston Salem NC


Artist Comments: As an artist I’m always looking for good reference photos to paint from. Taking lots of photos myself is one way I get them. Others like to give me their photos to use as well. Using resources like this to paint from is something many artists do when they paint. Other artists like to paint on location, but will still take a photo of the scenery to take home with them. They use them to finish up their painting when they are back in their studio.

Several years ago some acquaintances of mine went on an African safari. While there, they snapped a photo of this elephant and emailed it to me. They thought I might like to use it as a resource photo for a painting. And they were right! I liked it so much I did this painting from it.

Some Interesting Facts About African Elephants

African elephants are native to Africa. They are characterized by having enormous flapping ears and ivory tusks. These magnificent creatures are the largest living land animal. Being hunted for their ivory tusks and their shrinking natural habitat have proven instrumental in these animals being placed on the endangered species list. Indeed, they are one of the most endangered species in all of Africa. In the 1980’s there were around 1 million African elephants roaming the plains of Africa, today the total population is less than 470,000.


The Fisherman

fisherman marine painting

© Copyright 2003 – Present

Size: 9″ x 12″
Support: Canvas panel board
Description: A view of the sea with fisherman. This composition is painted in oils on canvas by artist Teresa Bernard.

SOLD: This ocean-view painting has sold to a private art collector in Virginia. If you like this painting and desire one that is similar or some other subject matter, Teresa Bernard does art commissions. Click the link above for more information.


Artist Comments: Fishing is a popular recreation for those lucky enough to find the time to fish for the “big one.” I don’t particularly like to fish myself, but I have several friends who do enjoy this sport. I found this particular marine life painting an interesting subject to paint.