African Wildlife — Three Giraffes

Africa wildlife giraffes commission painting

© Copyright 2019 – Present

Size: 18″ w x 24″ h
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 work and has sold, however, 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 is a renown commission artist and has created works of art for fellow art lovers and enthusiasts all over the world. If you have a special painting in mind, she would love to paint it for you. 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

Animals & Wildlife Paintings For Sale

Gallery quality original oil paintings of domestic and wildlife animals, and insects on stretched canvas.

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American Bison Our National Animal By Teresa Bernard
24″ w x 18″ h
Texas Longhorn In The Meadow oil painting
20″ w x 16″ h
The Large White Dog pet portrait
16″ w x 20″ h

Miniature Wildlife Art

Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight oil painting
6″ w x 6″ h
Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage oil painting
6″ w x 6″ h
TX Horned Toad Lizard (A.K.A Horny Toad) oil painting
6″ w x 6″ h
monarch butterfly painting
6″ w x 6″ h

 

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commission artist for hireTeresa is also a renown commission artist. She has done paintings for fellow art collectors and enthusiasts around the world. If you have a special painting in mind, she would love the opportunity to paint it for you. Simply follow the link for more information on how to commission a painting.


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

Ladybug #2 – Almost Perfect Camouflage

ladybug on a flower painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: This small 6×6 inch insect oil painting features a close-up of a red ladybug sitting on a red flower creating an almost camouflaged environment for itself.  It comes with an official Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist. This work of art will not need a frame as it has been composed on quality gallery wrap canvas which allows the artist to paint around the edges of the painting.

Insect art Lady Bug
Not to scale

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$150

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Artist Comments: This painting is of a lady bug sitting on a red flower and the ladybugs’ color is almost the perfect camouflage. I named it “Almost Perfect Camouflage” because the red color of the ladybug blends in so well with the flower he/she is sitting on. A natural predator would have to look very close to see it.

Where did they get their name? Are all ladybugs female? What do you call a ladybug that is a male? How can you tell them apart? All great questions!

The name ladybug is the common name for Coccinellidae, a Latin word meaning scarlet, and is the American name for the insect Europeans call the “lady beetle” or “ladybird beetle.” Whether you call them a ladybug, ladybird or lady beetle, the name is thought to have its origins in an old legend from Europe during the Middle ages.

Legend has it that the Europeans agricultural crops were being destroyed by pests, so Catholic farmers began praying to the Blessed Lady (the Virgin Mary) for help. Soon afterward they noticed tiny black and red beetles in their fields eating the unwanted pests. Their crops were miraculously spared the damage from the infestation. The farmers attributed their good fortune to the tiny insects which they called “the beetles of our Lady.” The red color of the beetle represents Mary’s cloak and the black spots her sorrows. Through the years they eventually came to be known as ladybugs.

Even though they are called lady bugs, they do come in both the male and female varieties, and both sexes are called the same thing… “ladybugs.” To the naked eye it is hard to distinguish the male from female ladybugs, although, females are larger than males. And that is hard to distinguish unless they are next to each other.

This painting is part of a series featuring a ladybug. The next ladybug painting in this series is Ladybug #1 — Hanging On Tight.


Ladybug #1 – Hanging On Tight

ladybug oil painting

© Copyright 2016 – Present

Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery wrap stretched canvas
Description: Close-up oil painting of a red ladybug hanging on tight to a leafy branch.  Painting is accompanied by an official Certificate of Authentication signed by the artist. This work of art will not require a frame as the image extends around the edges of the canvas surface.

ladybug 1 hanging on demo
Not to scale

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$150

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Artist Comments: This painting is the first of two featuring a ladybug. I actually worked on both paintings at the same time, i.e. Ladybug #1 and Ladybug #2. I painted the ladybug series on six inch by six inch canvases. For such a small creature, I felt 6×6 was the perfect size. I love ladybugs and had been wanting to paint one (or more) for quite some time.

I came across a really good deal on some small canvases and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy 24 of them. When my shipment of 6×6 canvases arrived, I thought this was the perfect time to paint the ladybugs. Before these two particular paintings it had been quite some time since I last painted on such a small canvas. It was a lot of fun and it didn’t take any time at all to finish it.

Now About The Ladybugs!

Ladybugs are wondrous little creatures! They are sometimes called lady beetles or ladybird beetles. They most commonly come in the colors of red, yellow and orange which fades as the beetle gets older. Some species have black spots while others have black stripes and still others are a solid color with no markings at all. Their bright colors serve to warn birds they don’t taste good.

Surprisingly there are over 6,000 different species of this particular insect. They are beneficial insects because ladybugs eat other insects like aphids that often damage agricultural crops and garden plants. As such, ladybugs are often grown commercially and sold to farmers and gardeners.

The life cycle of a ladybug consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Depending on the species, female ladybugs may lay as many as 1,000 eggs from spring to early summer. It usually takes four days for their eggs to hatch.

The next painting in this series is Ladybug #2 — Almost Perfect Camouflage.