The American Bison — Our National Animal

American Bison Our National Animal By Teresa Bernard© Copyright 2020 – Present

Size: 24″ w x 18″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description:  A wildlife painting depicting an American Bison out on the open range. This painting is composed on gallery wrap canvas, which means it does not need a frame because the painted composition extends around the edges of the canvas. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

American Bison painting demo
Not to scale

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$470

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Artist Comments:  In the summer of 2016, the same year the American Bison was officially declared America’s national mammal, we made a trip to Rapid City, South Dakota on a family vacation. While there we made it a point to visit Custard State Park where several herds of American bison roam freely. We just had to see these magnificent animals up close and we were not disappointed. As we drove through the park, we were privileged to watch a herd of the largest mammal in North American cross the road just a few feet a head of our vehicle. They simply took my breath was taken away. I was so tempted to exit the car and approach them, but that would not have been wise. They are massive wild animals that can become startled and behave aggressively to what they perceive is an approaching predator. Upon entering the park we were told to keep a safe distance and to be conscience of the fact this park is their home and we humans are the visitors, at least from the bison’s point of view. To this day bison are a favorite animal of mine and I’m simply amazed by them.

American Bison, Where Are They Today?

In the 1500’s there were an estimated 30 to 60 million bison living in North America. Today there are approximately 200,000 in all. They are considered endangered as a wild species and are being protected by the federal government. Bison live in all 50 states, including Native American lands, wildlife refuges, national parks and private lands. The top five states where bison can be found are: South Dakota (where the largest population is), Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The largest herd of bison are in Yellowstone National Park where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times. What makes Yellowstone’s bison herd so special is that they are pure blood descendants of the early bison that grazed on America’s grassy plains.

Related post: Devils Tower–Our First National Monument


UPDATED: 24 August 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

The Texas Horned Lizard (a.k.a. Horny Toad)

Texas horned toad lizard painting

© Copyright 2018 – Present

Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: Texas wildlife painting of the horned toad lizard, or horny toad as they are often called by native Texans.  The painting is accompanied by an official Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist. The painted image extends around the edges of painting surface thus it will not require a frame before hanging.

TX horny toad painting demo
Not to scale

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$150

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Artist Comments: The Texas Horned Lizard, or simply “horny toad” as we called them when I was a kid growing up in west Texas, was a fun painting to do and it brought back lots of fond childhood memories. As children, my friends and I would see these little spiked critters all the time and often played with them for a while, then we would release them. As an adult I noticed they aren’t in abundance so much anymore. So I did a little research to find out why. This is what I discovered from my readings.

About 70% of the Texas horned lizard’s diet is made up of harvester ants. Through the years their population has declined by about 30%. Although, I’m happy to read, they may be making a comeback. The decline is due to the overuse of pesticides and the spread of nonnative fire ants. Both eradicate harvester ant colonies, destroying the lizard’s principal source of food. The Texas horned lizard is now a protected species, and, in Texas, it is illegal to take, possess, transport or sell them without a special permit.

According to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, issue August/September 2018, “Texas horned lizards once occurred throughout Texas, but now only a few populations remain. Efforts to move Texas horned lizards from one location in Texas to another, with the hope of establishing new self-sustaining populations in previously occupied habitat, are underway. Several Texas zoos are also working to develop colonies for reintroduction programs. RAWA (Recovering America’s Wildlife Act) funding would pay for “lizard factories” to help with reintroduction efforts.”

I shared a post about my findings on Facebook and received some interesting comments.

One friend whom I’ve known since my early teen years lives a small Texas town. She told me they have a horny toad festival every year called The Old Rip Festival. And it’s all about a horny toad named Old Rip! She sent me a link to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine website. It tells all about the legend, lore and legacy of Old Rip, a horny toad that supposedly lived for 31 years!

Another FB pal comments, “you still see these in West Texas and Panhandle. Fire ants haven’t taken over every inch of ground like they have here, and harvester ants are still there, so that helps with the “horny toads”. Hope they make a comeback here someday.”


Updated: 15 May 2020

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.