Home of Sally BernerBiography of Sally BernerArtwork by Sally BernerCommissions with Sally BernerStudio of Sally BernerGalleries Displaying Artwork by Sally BernerNews About Sally BernerEvents Featuring Sally BernerGuesbook of Sally BernerLinksMailing List for Sally Berner

nature artSend an eCard

Credit card payments accepted online using PayPal

Members Login

Sally BernerSally M. Berner   AFC, PAA, SAA Associate, Member OPA, AWA Associate with Distinction Sally Berner
Realistic North American wildlife, domestic animals & pet portraits
Sally Berner grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and has been an active oil painter for over 30 years in the Realist tradition. Her love for nature and animals has led her to concentrate on painting North American wildlife, domestic animals and commissions of household pets, especially dogs. She has witnessed the birth of Harp Seal pups on the ice floes of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, has been with the Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba, and is in constant search for wildlife in their natural habitats.

She is an associate member of the Society of Animal Artists and a member of Oil Painter of America.

She has been juried into the prestigious Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art museum three times and has a painting in their permanent collection. She also is proud to have a painting in the permanent collection of the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, MO.

She has won many national awards including, in 2002, first prize in the "oil & acrylic" category at the Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, KS, and she took first prize in the "Animals" category of The Artist's Magazine's annual art competition in 2001.

She completed a number of art courses at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, but her most extensive art education has been through an excellent local teacher who founded the Gordon School of Art in Green Bay, WI. Nearby Door County is a thriving art community and she has attended many classes with a variety of wonderful artists through the Peninsula Art School. She has also taken a number of workshops with nationally noted artists such as Joseph Mendez, Jove Wang, OPAM, Tom Lockhart and Diane Rath, OPA, through the Barnsite Studio and Gallery in Kewaunee, WI.

She has studied with several excellent wildlife artists including Robert Bateman, John Seerey-Lester, Carl Brenders, John Banovich and Julie Jeppsen as well as workshops with Morgan Samuel Price and OPA Master William Scott Jennings. She finds art is a never-ending quest for knowledge and always wants to learn more.

Sally is happiest when interacting with animals whether at home or in the wild. She is active in the Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin and has one very active young Golden of her own.

Support for Conservation:
Special Achievements:
  • 2009 - Featured in Dogs in Review Annual
    Featured with 10 others in "Canine Artists Extraordinaire" article in Dogs in Review's Annual issue, Jan. 2009.
  • 2008 - Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens
    2008 Produced by Darryl Wheye (artist and author) and Donald Kennedy (President emeritus, and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University). All rights reserved.
    The book calls attention to a resource that advances public understanding of relationships in the natural world, supporting the Woods Institute mission to educate and inspire environmental leaders.
    Sally M. Berner Image: "Happy Thanksgiving" p. 26
  • 2007 - Society of Animal Artists, Associate Member
    Juried into Society of Animal Artists as an associate member.
  • Recent Juried Exhibitions
    *Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
    *Richeson 75 - Small Works Exhibition, Richeson Art School, Kimberly, WI
    *Masterworks in Miniature, Gallery One, Mentor, OH
    *Miller Art Museum's "Wildlife Biennial" Invitational

    *Paint the Parks Top 100
    *Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibition, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
    *Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, KS, 3 works accepted and won third prize oil & acrylic category

    *Society of Animal Artists "Art and the Animal" Exhibition, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, KS, Sept. 5 - Nov. 2, 2009 and tour
    *AFC's annual juried exhibition, "The Art of Conservation" held at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ, Sept. 16 - Dec. 20, 2009
    *Paint the Parks Top 100, opening at the Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon, AZ, Aug. 1 - Sept. 15, and continues on tour
    *Society of Animal Artists "Small Works-Big Impressions", The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
    *Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show - Corse Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

    *AKC Museum of the Dog Artist's Registry Exhibition 3-Person Show, June 1 - August 31, 2008
    *Society of Animal Artists "Small Works-Big Impressions", The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
    *Paint the Parks Top 100, Traveling Exhibit
    *Paint the Parks Mini 50

    *Paws & Reflect: Art of Canines, traveling museum show, 9 venues, May 2007 - June2009
    *Art of the Animal Kingdom, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
    *Barns & Farms, Barnsite Studio & Gallery, Kewaunee, WI
    *Badger Biennial, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI
    *Wildlife Biennial Invitational, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI

    *Birds in Art Exhibition, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau
    *Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, KS

    *The Natural World, Wildlife & Landscape Exhibit, Seippel Homestead & Center for the Arts, Beaver Dam, WI
    *Wayland Academy Sesquicentennial Alumni Art Exhibit, Beaver Dam, WI
    *Marian College Heritage Festival of the Arts, Marian College, Fond du Lac, WI

    *Birds in Art Exhibition & Tour, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
    *Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, KS
    *Oil Painters of America Regional Juried Show, Barnsite Studio & Gallery, Kewaunee, WI

    *Arts for the Parks Top 100 - 17th Annual Traveling Exhibit
    *Arts for the Parks 2nd 100 (2 paintings)
    *Oil Painters of America Regional Juried Show, Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago, IL
    *Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery, Taos, NM
    *Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, KS
    *Miller Art Museum’s “Wildlife Biennial” (Invitational), Sturgeon Bay, WI
    *Mighty Midwest Biennial, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI
    *Creatures One & All Invitational, Francis Hardy Center for the Arts, Ephraim, WI
    *National Juried Exhibition, "Barns & Farms", Barnsite Art Studio & Gallery, Kewaunee, WI

  • Other Juried Shows
    *2005 Art Show at the Dog Show, Wichita, KS (has been juried into this show 10 times)
    *2001 Celebrating Door County’s Wild Places Book and Exhibition, Peninsula Art School – Fish Creek, WI
    *2000 Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum – Wausau, WI
    *2000 AKC Museum of the Dog, Special Art Show at the Dog Show Exhibition – St. Louis, MO

  • Awards
    *2010 Art Show at the Dog Show 3rd prize and best Puppy painting
    *2009 Wildscape's Editor's Choice at AFC Juried "Art of Conservation" exhibition
    *2004 Second Place, The Artists Magazine's Annual Art Competition, "Animals" category
    *2002 & 04 First Place Secura Insurance Co./Appleton Art Center Fine Arts Exhibition, Appleton, WI
    *2002 First Place, oil & acrylic painting category, Art Show at the Dog Show – Wichita, KS
    *2001 First Place, The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition, “Animals” category
    (The Artist’s Magazine – also one Honorable Mention and a Finalist 6 times)
    *2000 Second & Third Places, oil & acrylic category, Art Show at the Dog Show

  • 2008 - Museum of the Dog
    24x36 Evening Stroll - 2 Golden Retrievers walking on the beach
  • 2007 - The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art
    15x30 Sanctuary Hound
  • 2004 - Dewey Ballantine LLC, Washington DC
    30x60 Mt. Moran Landscape
  • 2000 - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
    24x30 Happy Thanksgiving
  • Neville Public Museum

  • Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens (2008)
    More about Humans, Nature, and Birds: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens
    Plate 16: Happy Thanksgiving by Sally M. Berner Title: Plate 16: Thanksgiving Turkeys: The Dark Side - Article commenting on my painting of turkeys being transported inhumanely by truck.
    Author: Darryl Wheye and Donald Kennedy
    Published by: Yale University Press
  • Celebrating Door County’s Wild Places 
Organization Membership:
  • 2007 - Society of Animal Artists
    The Society of Animal Artists is an association of animal and wildlife painters and sculptors. Founded in 1960, the Society is devoted to promoting excellence in the portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through its informative art seminars, lectures and teaching demonstrations. Some of the finest animal artists from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Japan, and Australia are represented in the Society's membership.
  • Oil Painters of America

  • Door County Art League,
    President 1999/2000
  • Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors



Direct Correspondence to:Sally Berner
Sally Berner
c/o Sally M. Berner
180 W. Briar Lane
Green Bay, WI
USA 54301-1314
Tel: 920-336-9298
  Artists for Conservation Group
Email: K9Art@new.rr.com
Sally Berner Sally Berner

All rights reserved. All images and text © Copyright 2024 Sally Berner - Member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation (Formerly the Worldwide Nature Artists Group) www.natureartists.com. This site represents the original artwork
(nature art and wildlife art) of nature artist and wildlife artist
of Sally Berner and is protected by international copyright laws.
Use of nature art, wildlife art or any other images or text from this site, requires permission in writing from Sally Berner (Sally M. Berner).

This site is part of the Artists for Conservation (AFC) Web site. (Wildlife Art - Nature Art - Conservation) Artists for Conservation is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to nature art, wildlife art and conservation. On this site you will find world-class nature art and wildlife art by today's leading nature artists & wildlife artists. The AFC site is the Web's premier location for nature art, wildlife artists All content appearing in pages featuring Sally Berner is the sole responsibility of Sally Berner. The opinions expressed on these artists' pages are those of Sally Berner and do not necessarily reflect those of the Artists for Conservation Foundationi (AFC).