About Artist Terrill Welch

British Columbia artist Terrill Welch’s quick sure painting strokes capture forest, sandstone, sea and sky.  They remind us that there is only one moment – this one.

Between January 2010 and July 2017, more than 100 Terrill Welch original paintings of various sizes found their way into private collections. From July 2017 to the end of 2021 this number had more than doubled. And this is just the beginning of her full-time painting career. Many of these paintings have sold while still work-in-progress or resting wet on the easel. In August 2017, the first bricks and mortar Terrill Welch Gallery opened and Terrill no longer discloses the specific number of works sold. The best way to determine which paintings are currently available is to browse her online Artworks Archive Gallery. Please note, if you find a work of interest, do not hesitate. To avoid disappointment, send an inquiry to have a desired work placed on a hold or make a request to purchase immediately. We like to avoid seeing sad faces in favour of witnessing smiling, excited art collectors.

Born in the village of Vanderhoof in north-central British Columbia, Terrill’s art training came at an early age and continued more in the European style of mentoring and tutoring.

Terrill Welch’s oil paintings frequently showcase the beautiful, mysterious and rugged southwest coast around her home on Mayne Island B.C. as well as paintings from her travels.

Though locally appreciated, Terrill Welch is internationally recognized.  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 renown Canadian landscape painters as Emily Carr, A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris.

Terrill Welch painting in her studio by Allison Mullally _MG_5876

“There is such a sense of connection between artist and nature in each of Terrill’s paintings. She doesn’t just paint an image, she lives and breathes each brush stroke, sharing her love and intimate knowledge of her beautiful surroundings with us.” – Melodie Douglas

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS 2021

Group show “Soft Belly of the West Coast | Winter Group Show” October 8 – March 6, 2022.

Early mornings are filled with mist in the half-light of sunrises or rolling seas pressed against pewter grey skies. Golden hour lengthens our stride beneath curving arbutus, tall fir and cedar trees as we listen to the echoing calls of a raven winging its way through their branches. This is the soft belly of the West Coast that captures the attention of Mayne Island landscape painters Jody Waldie, Glenda King, Jennifer Peers and Terrill Welch. Sometimes it is a sunrise, or a favourite beach or the peeling bark of the Arbutus. Sometimes it is the golden hour at the end of a day or a grand vista from a lookout. Whatever the subject that is whispering to these painters brushes, you will be glad you settled in for a while and enjoyed the view or puzzled over a red line representing the stresses that are changing our landscapes.

Video https://youtu.be/Og0beggBWYU

Solo exhibition “Cozy Season | Terrill Welch” August 31 – December 23, 2021.

Cozy up in your woollens with west coast storms, snow and sublime landscapes by Terrill Welch.

Video https://youtu.be/kTuYLItKXQE

Solo exhibition “Arbutus Trees and Life Itself | Terrill Welch” August 9 – October 31, 2021.

Terrill Welch’s passion for the landscape and our natural environments, particularly the arbutus trees and the sea of our southwest coast of Canada. Arbutus Trees (or Madrona Trees as they are called in the United States) are frequent subjects in her body of work both as small en plein air (in the open air) painting sketches and larger studio works.

“Arbutus trees are one of my primary focuses in my everyday and ongoing painting practice. My dream is for these paintings to have such a profound impact and to be so widely regarded that the landscape itself will become something worthy of respect, celebration and conservation.” ~ Terrill Welch

Group show “Next to the Salish Sea” June 24 – September 6, 2021.

On our bellies leaning over a dock in Horton Bay, bracing against the winds in a storm to capture large rollers coming ashore or lengthening our stride along a forested seaside trail are all part of life on Mayne Island next to the Salish Sea. Our recent months of staying close to home has only deepened these connections, observations and experiences for landscape painters Jody Waldie, Jennifer Peers, Glenda King and Terrill Welch. The Arbutus Room summer group show “Next to the Salish Sea” featuring these artists will bring you to our Mayne Island shores with refined appreciation.

Video https://youtu.be/CPGbTjsDORQ

Solo exhibition “Stepping Lightly: pandemic life within our landscape” June 9 – August 29, 2021.

An essential rush of early dawn drapes over the curves of an Arbutus tree along the Mayne Island shore. Waves roll up and separate into cascading jewels. Seagulls rest in a moment of quiet communion. Dreams and memories meld into imagined and remembered places. This has been an unprecedented year for sure. But what does this mean for landscape painter Terrill Welch? As we linger with her recent works, we can sense the need to step lightly, to pause and softly brush a branch aside for a clearer view. Nature has spoken. All our thrashing and inward self-absorption can easily be set aside. We shall mature away from our financial means. We shall because this is what happens in the wholeness of life. Grief and hope lay in universal overlapping brushstrokes of trees and the sea and the shore.

Through her paintings in this solo exhibition, Terrill Welch invites us to stand with her during this unique space and time, together. We shall open up in ways that we have never thought mattered, by design, filled with purpose, rising towards possibility. Do you dare?

Video https://youtu.be/uvAlHIggfNQ

Solo exhibition “From Away with Terrill Welch” March 3 – June 6, 2021.

Landscape painters, like the rest of us, yearn to freely travel again. There is something about discovering a new stream, stretch of beach or an alley in a centuries old city that will always easily spark inspiration. Right now, these adventures are on hold, even though the desire to explore is stronger than ever. To appease this driving urge, we are bringing you a collection of Terrill Welch’s paintings from away. These places stay strong in her memory through these landscape paintings and we want to share them with you. The places landscape painter Terrill Welch longs to visit again and again as we stay in place. Let’s go to Venice, Italy, Avignon and Aix en Provence in France. Or could it be Northern California that pulls on your heartstrings? Possibly, Prince Edward Island in Canada?

Two artists show West Coast Edge February 17 – May 19, 2021. 

The shifting mood of the southwest coast of Canada invites an expressive fluid painterly brush. Bill Hibberd and Terrill Welch are both British Columbia landscape painters willing to accept this invitation. The Terrill Welch Gallery is pleased to bring you these ten oil paintings in our shared two artist online exclusive show.

Group show “Embracing the Unknown” February 10 – June 20, 2021.

Landscape painters Jennifer Peers, Jody Waldie, Glenda King and Terrill Welch know the power of being in nature and remembering our time on the trails beside the sea or high on the cliffs surveying the view. We need these connection more than ever right now. Allow these landscape paintings to place your mind in a cradle of nature’s loving kindness. “Embracing the Unknown” will be showing in the Terrill Welch Gallery’s Arbutus Room.

Video https://youtu.be/uOLcrFnZEs0

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS 2020

Two artists show “Between Branches – our being with trees” November 21, 2020 – April 21, 2021.

This is a shared story about being with trees between two landscape painters located in two different areas of British Columbia, Canada. From the geographical centre and the southwest coast of this diverse province, we will discover where the work and stories of these two painters meet and where they diverge from within their own unique forests and experiences. The Terrill Welch Gallery offers a joint online show of Annerose Georgeson and Terrill Welch’s landscape paintings and more importantly, a chance for a conversation between these two Canadian artists.

Solo exhibition “Travel Within” October 21, 2020 – February 21, 2021.

Stepping out into nature and traversing across the landscape offers a bridge between our outer and inner world for landscape painter Terrill Welch. Her brushstrokes render movement and experience as a first impression in these seascape and landscape paintings, whether it is winter storms or a quiet slack tide.

Group show “CLOSE TO HOME – Arbutus Room Group Show” October 7, 2020 – February 7, 2021. 

The pandemic has kept most of us close to home during these past months and this reality has brought many changes to our daily lives and expectations. Artists Jody Waldie, Jennifer Peers, Glenda King and Terrill Welch bring their most recent “Close to Home” oil landscape paintings from Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada to the Terrill Welch Gallery’s Arbutus Room. Several of these west coast landscape paintings began while plein air painting and physical distancing together during this past spring and summer. The fall has meant going back to even smaller groups and mostly painting alone on private properties as the artists comply with changes to provincial and local requests to flatten the curve and keep our community and themselves safe. These recent paintings are about persistence and resilience. They are about a quiet coming together while maintaining safe distances and finding possibilities within limitations. May you find inspiration from these renderings of open spaces close to the homes of these artists.

Video https://youtu.be/TM9s1YH-w_w

Solo exhibition “Island Time Summer 2020 with Contemporary Canadian Landscape Painter Terrill Welch” June 2 – October 11, 2020. 

The Terrill Welch Gallery features Terrill Welch’s larger arbutus tree paintings.

Video https://youtu.be/YWw2fQgaho8

Group show “Arbutus Room Summer Group Show 2020” May 28 – October 4, 2020.

The Terrill Welch Gallery’s new Arbutus Room features west coast of Canada landscape paintings of four artists.

Video https://youtu.be/lO46NbwsIs8


SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS 2019

Solo Exhibition “Paintings of the Salish Sea” November 1 – 10, 2019.

Small and large landscape and seascape paintings, by internationally collected, contemporary Canadian artist, Terrill Welch, brush an ancient song in painting notes of movement and mystery across the canvases.

Solo Exhibition “Mayne Island Landscapes” Sept 1 – Sept 30, 2019 at the Mayne Island Remax Office, hosted by Realtor Brenda Dean.

Solo Exhibition “Earth, Sea and Sky” July 12 – Sept 1, 2019 at https://terrillwelchartist.com/2019/07/10/earth-sea-and-sky-opens/

Step into the west coast landscape one powerful painting at a time with internationally collected, contemporary Canadian artist, Terrill Welch.

Solo Exhibition Between Here and There May 17- July 7, 2019.

Paintings about a life lived within the landscape between the Southwest Coast to North Central of British Columbia by internationally collected, contemporary Canadian artist, Terrill Welch.

Group Juried Show “Equinox” April 4 – 26, 2019 with NYC Gallery and Gallery 104 in New York, New York, United States.

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS 2018

Solo exhibition “Between Islands on the Salish Sea” at the Galiano Public Library on Galiano Island, British Columbia from Monday, September 10 to Friday, October 26, 2018.

Solo exhibition “Light of Place Exposed, Landscapes by Terrill Welchcan be viewed in the main gallery at The Station House Gallery in Williams Lake, British Columbia from Thursday, April 5 to Saturday, April 28, 2018.

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS 2017

Solo exhibition “West to East Coast Canadian Landscapes in Paint” at the Shavasana Art Gallery & Café, Mayne Island, B.C. from June 30th to August 13th 2017.

Art!Vancouver Fair May 25 – 28, 2017 at the Vancouver Conference Centre, East 999 Canada Place. Terrill Welch is showing her paintings with three other Canadian artists in 30 feet of booth space sponsored by Artists in Canada.

Southern Gulf Islands Regional Art Show April 21 – 23, 2017 during Festival Active Pass.

SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS 2016

Terrill Welch, larger landscape paintings, solo show “Above The Stacks – Land and Sea” September 1st to October 31, 2016 at Emily Carr Branch of Greater Victoria Library, 101-3521 Blanshard St. (at Uptown) in Victoria B.C.

Three large Canadian contemporary landscape paintings will be exhibited and represented by Art Gallery of Greater Victoria,  1040 Moss Street in
Victoria,
from January to approximately October 2016.

Group Show at the Cornerstone Art Gallery as part of the Artists In Canada representation at Art! Vancouver 2016 Art Fair Venue. May 15 – August 15, 2016. An Artists in Canada Premium Member’s work is reviewed to ensure a high standard of quality. Discriminating buyers, Art Galleries and art patrons may consider them as Canada’s up and coming artists to be watched and collected.

Mayne Island Home Studio Visits Spring and Summer 2016 – Open by appointment. Contact Terrill Welch via email, phone or text  and choose a time that is mutually agreeable to view work where it is created.

Selected Past Exhibitions:

Solo Pop-up show – Painting sketches from Prince Edward Island and recent larger west coast paintings, Saturday July 9th 1-4 pm and Sunday July 10th 11 am – 4 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Rd.

A three artists show at the Cornerstone Art Gallery,  609 West Hastings Street in Vancouver from mid February to mid May 2016 that will include four west coast Canadian contemporary landscape paintings.

Solo Pop-up show – “Sense of Place” at The Groove on Mayne Island, British Columbia Canada. This ticketed event on Sunday evening event February 21, 2016 with New York style gallery set up raised $200 for the local food bank.  February 21-22, 2016.

Juried Show – Sooke Fine Arts Show. The show and sale open to public July 24 to August 3, 2015. There are 375+ pieces of investment-quality juried selections from 2015 jurors Chief Rande Cook, Meghan Hildebrand and Craig Sibley. More information at www.sookefinearts.com

April 4, 2015 through to May 31, 2015. Solo Exhibition – “West Coast Landscape as Home” at Camassia Cafe, 574 Fernhill Road, Mayne Island B.C. Canada.

May 21-23 2015 Group displayArt! Vancouver 2015 – International Art Fair with Artists In Canada Premium Members. An Artists in Canada Premium Member’s work is reviewed to ensure a high standard of quality. Discriminating buyers, Art Galleries and art patrons may consider them as Canada’s up and coming artists to be watched and collected.

November 2013, 2014, 2015 Mayne Island Artisan Christmas Studio Tour. Terrill’s combined physical and online Open Studio event – including over sixty works of her paintings and photography canvas prints.

May 2012 to December 2013 – Green House Restaurant, Mayne Island B. C. Canada. Terrill Welch is the featured artist with a new show of her paintings and photographs of her smaller works exhibited approximately every three months.

June 2011 –  Oceanwood Resort, Mayne Island B. C. Canada. STUDY OF BLUE. The solo exhibition of Terrill Welch’s impressionist style oil paintings provoke introspection as they capture the sea, the sky and the trees of the west coast of Canada. Eleven of the Fifteen original paintings in this show sold to collectors as far away as Illinois in the United States.

September 2010 – Mayne Island Library, Mayne Island B.C. Canada. SEA, LAND AND TIME. Terrill Welch’s oil paintings and photography have been described as impressionist, intuitive and attuned to the essence or resonance of her subject. Collectors arrived from Victoria and Vancouver to purchase paintings and photographs  in the first solo exhibition in twelve years of Terrill’s work. One painting purchased by a new art collector in New York City.

July 1998 – One-Of-A-Kind-Art gallery, Prince George B.C. Canada. A BRUSH WITH CONCEPTS. This water colour and mixed medium show expressed a love of colour and the artist’s desire for contentment embraced in rural experience and feminist thought. Nine of the fourteen works shown are with private collectors throughout British Columbia, Canada.

November 1995 – Allegro Framing & Design Accents gallery, Prince George B.C. Canada. IMAGES OF MOMENTS. The first solo show of Terrill Welch’s water colour and mixed medium paintings received interest and were purchased by art collectors who continue to collect her work at regular intervals.

Past Group Shows:

Participation in group shows and exhibitions are varied and numerous and have included the local Arts Council venues such as the Mayne Island Library and B.C. Ferries vessels. Terrill Welch also exhibited her work in the Maltwood Art Gallery at the University of Victoria as part of the Visible Knowledge: Women’s World in Art,  January 24 to February 18, 2000. Terrill received Honours recognition in the Artist’s Workshop Juried Art Show in Prince George, May 1991.

Art Statement of Terrill Welch

I am a landscape painter exposing the mystery in an ordinary day.

Stripping away the human illusion of our separation from nature is at the core of my work. This illusion extends to a presumption of a separation between land, water and sky. I explore the interdependency of these natural elements.

These works reflect the surrounding landscapes. The brushstrokes render the light, shadow, movement, smells, sounds and emotions I am experiencing as I paint. The resulting paintings are my complete sensory experience, expressed.

The work is an invitation to join me in exploring the relationship between the innate elements of our environment and ourselves. My intention is for the viewers to find themselves within the landscapes as I have – filled with curiosity, wonder, discovery and a desire to survive. It is a tall order for a painter with a brush, making marks on a canvas. Yet, I must try. I must keep painting until the viewer pauses before the work and weeps in their knowing – without our natural world, we will no longer exist. It is my sacred work as a landscape painter to ensure that this message reaches into the heart of humanity.  This is my goal, my in-progress life’s work.

For private viewing of Terrill Welch’s work ontact Terrill via email at tawelch@shaw.ca or telephone 250.744.4560.

SELECTED INTERVIEWS WITH TERRILL WELCH:

Mayne Island TV ”Artist Terrill Welch” interview by Cathy Purss, January 21, 2021. Watch video athttps://youtu.be/IyesvoaN_7g 

Williams Lake Tribune – “Light ripples through the Station House Galleryby Tara Sprickerhoff, April 11, 2018.

CBC radio interview with Mainstreet PEI Host, Karen Mair, and Artist Terrill Welch is available for online listening HERE . (May 30, 2016)

Charles van Heck’s interview  “Impression and Perspectives from Mayne Island: An Interview with Terrill Welch, Part 1 ” published in the international online magazine Life as a Human (November 10, 2013).

Satya Robyn of Writing Our Way HomeAn interview with Terrill Welch: Artist”  (September 9, 2011)

Bill Maylone of The MayneLiner, “TCAC Art on Mayne Terrill Welch(Monthly magazine June 2011)

Sam Juilano of Wonders in the Dark, Artist and Nature-Lover Terrill Welch: Mayne Island’s resident Creativepotager” (Blog article August 23, 2010)

9 thoughts on “About Artist Terrill Welch

  1. Hi Terrill,
    Gail Young here.
    I was just talking to your Mom, and she told me about your website. Excellent work.
    Very impressive. I enjoyed it very very much.
    Gail

    • I happened to call mom this morning and she said you might come by and have a look. Thank you for your kind words and checking in on what I am doing. It has been a most pleasant couple of years being able to focus my work on photography and painting full-time.

  2. Hi Terrill – an old friend Helen De Groot from Prince George – thinking of you today and so impressed with all you are doing – I still have my “Welch” painting you did some years ago. It has a nice place to be in my little apartment
    I called the number on on the internet – hope to hear from you
    fondest regard

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