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More About Artist Teresa Bernard

The art background of fine artist Teresa Bernard, a realism painter of oil paintings.

more about artist Teresa Bernard
Royce G. Phillips

Teresa (Phillips) 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 taught art classes in their hometown and the surrounding rural communities of Ballinger, Bronte, Edith, Robert Lee, and Winters, Texas. He taught Teresa the love of art by teaching her how to paint. In addition, he taught her the fundamentals of art, composition, and how to work in a variety of mediums, specifically oil paint, pencil sketches, and charcoal drawings.

There aren’t many artists who come from a succession of artists in their family, and Teresa is among those with this particular distinction. After graduating high school, Teresa headed off to California, where she continued her studies in the fine arts and also learn graphic design, which guided her career as a commercial artist. (Read more about her professional art career here.)

Teresa Bernard, an Artist of Oil Paintings

Old newspaper clipping.
An old newspaper clipping of an art class. Teresa is shown on the far left, with her dad in the background. Click the image for a better look.

Teresa loves many art styles, but realism is her favorite. She enjoys painting landscapes, still life, florals, space art, wildlife, and commission work. Teresa doesn’t specialize in one particular genre because she loves the challenge of painting whatever inspires her at the time. Throughout the years, she has made 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 United States and around the world.

In her life, Teresa has lived in many places, and each location has influenced her art. For example, 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. See her Life in Texas series.

Teresa Bernard, a Career Artist

Teresa’s professional career spans over three decades working as a graphic artist and web designer. And now that she has retired from the workforce, she devotes most of her time to painting and promoting her artwork. She lives with her husband Robert, a retired US Navy Chief, on their horse ranch in a small east Texas community near Tyler.

Additional Information

Artist Biography

Artist Statement

My Oil Paintings Index

Artist Interview

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