The more formal blurb:
Born in the village of Vanderhoof in north-central British Columbia, Terrill Welch’s art training came at an early age and continued more in the European style of mentoring and tutoring.
Terrill Welch’s work, in water mixable oil paints and photographic prints, showcases the beautiful, mysterious and rugged southwest coast of Canada. Though locally appreciated, Terrill Welch is internationally recognized.
Since 2010, more than 50 of Terrill Welch’s paintings of various sizes and significantly more of her photography prints have found their way into private collections. Many of these paintings have sold while still work-in-progress or resting wet on the easel.
Her paintings and photographs are sold to art collectors throughout Canada and the United States as well as in Australia, England, Norway and Switzerland.
Terrill Welch is named as one of 21 Artists to watch for 2011 by Skinny Artist in its world-wide review.
Terrill Welch's work is in collections that also include such renowned Canadian landscape painters as Emily Carr, A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris.
- Terrill Welch ArtistArtist, presentAs an artist, photographer and writer, I am a woman living a life of simple abundance.
The summer evening is warm as we are sitting on a bench near the water at Georgina Point Lighthouse. Then there is the sound of firm footsteps and the jostling of a heavy backpack behind us. I looked up just in time to see photographer Ron Smid striding down the bank and onto the rocks. Over the next several minutes, Ron sets up his traditional wood large format analog camera. I asked permission to take this short video as he works. Only after it was all over did we take a moment to make introductions. Ron's landscape photographs are authentic, powerful and it is as if his work speaks a language I know intimately. He has a deep love and passion for the Canadian landscape and it is as if his images breath on their own.
When Ron called this morning to thank me for last evening's video footage, he was already on his way to Victoria B.C.. We had a long chat about the strength of our Canadian landscape and how it connects body and spirit in ways that are still to being discovered. It was a good conversation with a fellow being on a similar mission. You will want to check out Ron's website which is provided with the video.
Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace – 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas at:https://terrillwelchartist.com/2016/08/10/large-painting-of-blooming-point-pei-a-meditation-on-world-peace
The land and the sea are both part of the same whole, neither is constant, neither is willingly to give in to the other. Both are changed with each moment. Yet, for brief passages of time, we can gaze at the grand view and see what is possible. We may even be comfortable and turn away from our collective struggle between the separate parts of the same whole. We forget that the land can suddenly pushes up from forces far below the surface and displace the sea. We ignore that the sea can be tossed in vicious storms that tear at the cliffs and topple large chunks of red dirt and stone into the waters. We tend to hang on, baffled by the interplay of our own contributions and those forces which we do not have any control. The concept of World Peace is possibly like this relationship between sea and land.
This painting is dedicated to David Sandum, a Swedish painter and print maker living in Norway. He is also the author of the award-winning memoir - I'll Run Till the Sun Goes Down. We have been colleagues and friends for more than half a dozen years, or at least as much as one can be when living an ocean apart. The context for this painting was a dialogue following the latest in a series of terrorist attacks, this time it was Nice, France. The anger, bewilderment and confusion was felt bone deep. When one is a painter, there often seems to be only one thing that can be done in a situation like this - paint. So, I made a commitment to do a painting while meditating about World Peace. My next work was a large seascape from my recent travel to Prince Edward Island. It seemed a fitting subject for this exercise.
Out of The Fog From Malcolm Island BC 11 x 14 inch acrylic plein air sketch
A thousand times the mountains appeared and disappeared in the fog. I stand with them on the rolling, uneven rocks of the far shore. The great blue heron flew. The sea lion passed by close to the water's edge. Fishing boats came and went. Still we stood, these mountains and I, daring the fog until it gave way to our desires. I gazed at the full view, dull under the late morning filtered light. Disappointed. Now the magic is gone. But the painting sketch is finished, mountains appear and disappear a thousand times.
Reef Bay Morning Experienced - 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas
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The sky is overcast with a stillness that leaves one focusing on their breath just to have some company. So it seems appropriate to share the following painting.
Artist's notes: I remember the sea, and the soft rush of water as it comes ashore. I remember the heaviness of the rocks and the salty dampness of winter seaweed. I feel the coolness of the air and the cry of the gulls. Alla prima or wet-on-wet seascape painting with the quiet strength that is part of any peaceful west coast day.
Gossip overheard in the artist's studio this afternoon...
Standing on end and shouldering themselves into a rough order along the curved hallway, these landscape paintings whisper loudly to each other.
"What are we doing here? I don't even have my edges painted yet!"
"Me either but I hear that is happening tomorrow. Apparently, we have a big gig coming up for September and October."
"Yeah, I heard eight of us large ones will be showing in Victoria, BC " says Seaside Mayne Island, as he heaves himself to a slightly better angle to be heard, without actually shouting, from the great room.
Then Evening And The Arbutus Tree leans over the railing from the loft.
"She told me that she wants to call the show 'Above The Stacks' because we are going to be in a new library and most of us will be way up high above the books. I said she had to add 'Land and Sea' to the title or no one will know that it is going to be us."
Long Beach Vancouver Island sighs as the tide recedes farther up her midriff.
"You know" she comments patiently while stretching out one long sandy leg, and then the other "it is way too soon to be getting excited. There are still a couple of weeks to wait. No use wearing out all our shine in the studio."
Then she winks and the light sparkles off of her sea "I do believe Emily Carr is somehow involved again."
All the paintings in the studio start whispering at once. In fact one little fellow gets so excited that he falls over flat on his face in the magazine article he had been trying to read upside down.
Sea and Sun Cox Bay Tofino BC grumbles "You had to go and wake the little ones didn't you!? You know they are too small to go in this show."
"There will be other shows" Long Beach Vancouver Island replies.
"After all, there are not many place that can handle the eight of us."
The late summer afternoon warmth starts to make all the paintings drowsy - large ones, middle-sized ones and small ones. Sssshhhh!
The studio is quiet.
As I finish my coffee, plans for the day are still vague. But I do know what I will be doing on May 23-29 2017. I will be in New York City on an artist's art tour with the Vancouver Island School of Art. Now how cool is that? The trip only has 24 seats and sold out in just a couple of days. So I am feeling pretty darn lucky at the moment.
More about the tour and what we will see and do at: http://www.vancouverislandschoolart.com/nyctrip.html
Just before night sitting in the summer stillness up on Brown Ridge. Even a quite sunset is thrilling. A grand view on Saturna Island, British Columbia Canada.
Fred and Bette Cotton Park is the newest addition to public park land on Mayne Island. The trail to the shore is a short meditative walk with westerly exposure to the opening of Active Pass into the Strait of Georgia, where the trees drape themselves out over the Salish Sea.
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