African Wildlife — Three Giraffes

Three giraffes are depicted in this oil painting. This piece is part of the Adventures in Africa series.

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

SOLD: This painting was a commissioned work and has been sold.

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Hi Teresa, we received the paintings. They’re beautiful! Thank you very much. Our eldest will love the giraffes. — Glenn Callan, San Diego CA

About this Painting of Giraffes

Title: African Wildlife — Three Giraffes
Size:
18″ w x 24″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic composition of three giraffes on the open planes of the Serengeti. The adult giraffes are posing in a group with a blue sky overhead. Hand-painted and signed by Teresa Bernard.

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. Before putting my paintbrush to the canvas, I gave a lot of thought to how I would approach it. It required studying giraffes from every possible angle, 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. Even though the giraffes are similar in color, I wanted each one to stand out, so I made the brown splotches slightly different in color for each giraffe.

After the painting was completed and delivered to my client’s home, he contacted me to tell me how much his daughter loved it.

Other Paintings in The Adventures in Africa Series

The giraffe painting shown above is one of five African-themed paintings commissioned by an art collector. The following links will take you to the other paintings in this commissioned group.

Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
victoria falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
african wildlife leopard painting
Africa Wildlife — Leopard (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
african elephant painting
African Elephant On The Serengeti (2018)
18″ w x 24″ h

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African Wildlife — Leopard

A leopard is depicted in this African wildlife painting. This piece is part of the Adventures in Africa series.

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

SOLD: This painting is a commission and has been sold to an art collector in San Diego, CA.

About this Painting of The African Leopard

Title: African Wildlife — Leopard
Size:
18″ x 24″
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A realistic African wildlife portrait of the leopard. The leopard is sitting in front of a camouflaged background. This painting is hand-painted on gallery wrap stretched canvas and signed by artist Teresa Bernard.

Artist Comments

An art collector who is passionate about Africa commissioned this wildlife painting of a leopard. He wanted me to create a portrait of a leopard for his personal collection of African art. I composed this artwork using a reference photo provided by my client. It’s one of five paintings he commissioned from me. However, before I began working on this painting, I did some research about leopards. Here is a little of what I learned about this big cat.

About 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 The Adventures in Africa Series

An art collector commissioned five African-themed paintings, including the leopard painting shown above. The links below will take you to the other paintings in this commissioned series.

mt Kilimanjaro painting
Mount Kilimanjaro Rising (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
victoria falls painting
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (2018)
30″ w x 24″ h
african wildlife painting
Africa Wildlife — Giraffes (2019)
18″ w x 24″ h
african elephant painting
African Elephant On The Serengeti (2018)
18″ w x 24″ h

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Pet Portrait of Frank

A commission pet portrait painting of a black Labrador Retriever named Frank.

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Pet Portrait of Frank © Copyright 2010 – Present

SOLD: This painting is a commission and has already sold. A private art collector in Illinois owns Pet Portrait of Frank.

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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

About this Pet Portrait Painting

Title: Pet Portrait of Frank
Size:
12″ x 16″
Support: Stretched canvas
Description: A pet portrait painting of a black Labrador Retriever. The dog is posing in a park, with a pond in the background and a large tree above him.  Hand-painted on quality stretched canvas and signed by pet artist Teresa Bernard.

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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Magnolia Blossom

The southern Magnolia Grandiflora blossom in a painting.

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Magnolia Blossom © Copyright 2007 – Present

SOLD: This painting has been sold to a private art collector and is no longer available.

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“Teresa, I just wanted to let you know that the painting arrived and it’s absolutely phenomenal!! Thank you again.” — K. Burke, Erie PA

About this Magnolia Blossom Painting

Title: Magnolia Blossom
Size:
18″ x 18″
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: A close-up depiction of the southern Magnolia Grandiflora blossom. Hand-painted and signed by artist Teresa Bernrd.

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 and several other southern and southeastern states. The trees have large, glossy leaves and huge, fragrant white blossoms. Their sweet-smelling flowers 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 how 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 a 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.

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Raging African Elephant

A realistic painting of an African bull elephant.

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Raging African Elephant © Copyright 2007 – Present

SOLD: This painting was sold to a private art collector in North Carolina.

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

About this African Elephant Painting

Title: Raging African Elephant
Size:
18″ w x 24″ h
Support: Traditional-Style Stretched canvas
Description: A realistic painting depicting the wildlife of Africa. This specific painting is of an African bull elephant. Hand-painted and signed by artist Teresa Bernard.

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. 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 an elephant and emailed it to me. They thought I might like to use it as a resource photo for a painting of an African elephant. And they were right! I liked it so much I painted it.

Some Interesting Facts About African Elephants

African elephants are native to Africa and are the world’s largest land animals. They are distinguished by their massive flapping ears and ivory tusks. The fact that these animals are hunted for their ivory tusks and that their natural habitat is shrinking has contributed to their inclusion on the endangered species list. They are, in fact, one of Africa’s most endangered species. In the 1980s, around 1 million African elephants roamed Africa’s plains; today, the total population is less than 470,000.

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Peggy’s Cove

A marine painting depicting Peggy’s Cove. This piece is part of a series depicting this popular tourist destination.

peggy's cove painting
Peggy’s Cove © Copyright 2005 – Present

SOLD: This seaside painting was sold to a private art collector in Maine and is no longer available.

About this Peggy’s Cove Painting

Title: Peggy’s Cove
Size:
20″ x 16″
Support: Traditional-Style Stretched Canvas
Description: A marine painting of Peggy’s Cove, a famous vacation spot in Nova Scotia. Hand-painted and signed by Teresa Bernard.

Artist Comments

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

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

Other Paintings in The Peggy’s Cove Series

peggy's cove oil painting
Peggy’s Cove Revisited (2008)
20″ w x 16″ h
oil painting of peggy's cove
Return To Peggy’s Cove (2009)
20″ w x 18″ h

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“I’m a family doctor in a small town in northern Maine. I really love all your paintings. I’m so taken with the Peggy’s Cove painting – it’s so lovely. I grew up in Newfoundland where all the houses were painted a bright color to offset the grey weather that could otherwise be depressing. The red house and the ocean remind me of home. The painting brings a smile to my face.” — Janet B., Houlton ME

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The Communion Table

A still life painting depicting the communion table. Religious elements included are bread, wine, grapes, candle, and the Holy Bible.

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The Communion Table © Copyright 2004 – Present

SOLD: This religious still life painting has been sold to an art collector in Singapore.

About The Communion Table Painting

Title: The Communion Table
Size:
14″ w x 11″ h
Support: Traditional-Style Stretched canvas
Description: A traditional still life painting of the communion table with bread, wine, grapes, candle, and the Holy Bible. Religious elements are also present, giving it a spiritual essence. Hand-painted and signed fine artist by Teresa Bernard.

The Communion Table is hand-painted on a traditional-style stretched canvas. This painting with its unpainted sides requires a frame to give it that finished look for exhibition in your home or office.

Artist Comments

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

God is a huge 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.

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“I enjoy art-making and am presently working in soft pastel on still life subjects. I really enjoyed your Communion Table still life and am further motivated to continue to give God all glory in my work. Your work reminded me of special symbolism in still life about which I had forgotten. Thank you! God bless you.” — Tina, Australia

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The Garden Tomb

An oil painting depiction of the Garden Tomb at Gethsemane near Jerusalem. This piece is from the Bible Lands series.

Gethsemane Israel garden tomb painting
The Garden Tomb © Copyright 2004 – Present

NOT FOR SALE: This painting is part of Teresa’s private art collection and is not for sale.

About this Garden Tomb Oil Painting

Title: The Garden Tomb
Size:
9″ x 12″
Support: Traditional-style Stretched canvas
Description: An oil painting of a famous Israeli garden visited by many every year. It depicts the Garden Tomb at Gethsemane. Hand-painted on quality stretched canvas and signed by artist Teresa Bernard.

Artist Comments

This painting is of a rock-cut tomb situated in the heart of the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem; it is one of my personal favorites. Many Christians believe this famous Israeli location 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’ve 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

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The Grand Teton Mountains

An oil painting of The Grand Teton Mountains, a mountain range in Wyoming.

Grand Teton Mountains painting
The Grand Teton Mountains © Copyright 2003 – Present

SOLD: The Grand Teton Mountains painting was sold to a private art collector and is no longer available.

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“Teresa, I received the painting in good order. Very nice and a good gift. Thank you and Merry Christmas!” — B. Kuller, Rockford IL

About this Mountains Painting

Title: The Grand Teton Mountains
Size:
18″ x 16″
Support: Traditional-Style Stretched canvas
Description:  A landscape painting of Wyoming’s famous Grand Teton Mountains. In the foreground, a dilapidated barn sits in a golden field of hay, with the Grand Tetons in the background and a blue sky overhead.

This painting is hand-painted on a quality traditional-style stretched canvas with the sides left unpainted. It will need to be framed before it can be displayed. A frame will complete the look of the painting.

Artist Comments

The Grand Teton Mountains is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the U.S. Located in northwestern Wyoming, this mountain range is the central feature of Grand Teton National Park. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit this park and was awed by the stunning mountain scenery.

For more information, visit the Grand Teton National Park website.

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Portrait of Robert

A portrait of Robert in a painting.

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Portrait of Robert © Copyright 2003 – Present

NOT FOR SALE: This painting is part of Teresa’s private art collection and is not for sale.

About this Portrait Painting of Robert

Title: Portrait of Robert
Size:
12″ w x 16″ h
Support: Traditional-Syle Stretched canvas
Description: A portrait painting of Robert at the helm of his sailboat. The American flag flies high over his left shoulder. This oil painting is hand-painted on traditional-style stretched canvas and signed by artist Teresa Bernard.

Artist Comments

This painting is a portrait of my husband, Robert, at the helm of our sailboat, Misty Blue. I did this painting from a photograph I took while on a boat trip up the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).

Robert was in the Navy and was being transferred from Jacksonville, FL, to the naval base in Norfolk, VA. We needed to move our 36-foot sailboat from a marina near where we lived in Florida to Virginia, so we decided to sail it instead of having it shipped. That decision saved us a lot of money while making us rich with memories!

We were sailing in open waters up the east coast at the beginning of the trip, but a storm blew in, forcing us to go inland and up the ICW instead. Because it was my first sailing trip, the storm was a little frightening for me; however, Robert handled it and the sails like the sailing pro he is!

Robert was on deployment with his ship at sea for six months when I began working on his portrait. It was finished before he returned home. He had no idea I was painting him and was surprised to see his portrait when he returned home. It will be passed down to his son Travis as a family heirloom one day, but for now, it will reside in our living room.

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“Hi, I was just searching the web and wanted to look for original art, paintings, and drawings to inspire me. I love your artwork. You have a realism that really caught my eye. I like the Clown Fish. The portrait of the man on the boat is fantastic. I have a God-given talent that I need to re-discover and seeing your site and reading your ‘About Me‘ section was just what I needed. Thanks for doing what you do.”

“I really like your paintings–the portrait of your husband is very unusual in composition and the backlighting–wish I could see it in real life. Another that really caught my eye especially is the Sea of Galilee at Capernaum–the light in the sky is particularly indicative of something spiritual, even if one didn’t know a thing about the religious significance of the place.” — Elena M., Columbia, MD

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