Evening and the Arbutus Tree – a large west coast oil painting

The sun is going down fast in the late afternoon of November out on Georgina Point, Mayne Island . I marvel at the orange glow and the hues of the heavy mist in the distance of our west coast landscape. I knew then that this most-loved tree was once again going to grace one of my canvases – a large one this time. There is the coolness of a winter sea with soft waves barely evident on the shore. There is a quiet and a peace that often accompanies the end of a day. There is a sense of being alive without separation between land, sea and sky. It is often such with the Canadian landscape but so hard to portray in away that someone who has never been, never stood where I am standing will know what it is I speak about. Yet, this tree knows and seems to be willing to assist me in my interpretation.

From its clinging roots dug into the sandstone bank…

detail 1 Evening and the Arbutus Tree by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 033

to its gorgeous truck reaching skyward…

detail 2 Evening and the Arbutus Tree by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 038

to the beautiful flow of its branched evergreen leafy crown…

detail 3 Evening and the Arbutus Tree by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 039

May its beauty embrace you.

EVENING AND THE ARBUTUS TREE – 36 x 60 inch oil on canvas painting.

Evening and the Arbutus Tree 36 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 018

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As a Canadian Landscape painter I am often challenged to find my way visually and spiritually into and through my physical environment. I have not yet told or even succinctly understood all that happened on this canvas. All I know is something in me has changed during the process. I have discovered an aspect of my being that I did not know existed before.

I write more about the process and influences behind this painting over on my Creative Potager blog at http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/unraveling-the-artistic-influences-and-intentions-behind-the-painting-evening-and-the-arbutus-tree

Enjoy the naked freshness of this painting as it is released from this artist’s studio.


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6 thoughts on “Evening and the Arbutus Tree – a large west coast oil painting

    • Thank you Nancy, it is the most surprising to me piece I have done in the last while. I am sure in hindsight I will be able to discern the turning points but for now… we have the painting.

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