British Columbia artist and photographer Terrill Welch’s quick sure painting strokes, and photographic images capture forest, sandstone, sea and sky. They remind us that there is only one moment – this one.
Since 2010, ninety 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.
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 work, in water mixable or walnut oil paints and photographic canvas prints, showcases the beautiful, mysterious and rugged southwest coast of Canada.
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.
“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
CURRENT AND UPCOMING 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 in 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 display – Art! 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
As a full-time artist living on Mayne Island off the southwest coast of Canada, I paint my experience of our natural environment.
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. During the creative process, I am repeatedly reminded of humanity’s dependency on nature. Trees speak to me as if we shared a breath. I long for the rhythm of the sea or the flow of a river. The sky is like music to me. In my art I am compelled to express these connections.
Moments of engagement with my everyday world are portrayed in these paintings. These works primarily reflect the surrounding landscapes though occasionally a still life becomes the subject of my work. 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.
In the paintings, there is an ongoing conversation between myself and the viewer. 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 and discovery.
For private viewing of Terrill Welch’s work in eco-friendly strawbale timberframe home studio contact Terrill via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 250.744.4560.
A more complete artist’s biography is located on Terrill’s popular Creative Potager blog at http://creativepotager.wordpress.com/artist-biography
SELECTED INTERVIEWS WITH TERRILL WELCH:
CBC radio interview with Mainstreet PEI Host, Karen Mair, and Artist Terrill Welch is available for online listening HERE . (May 30, 2016)
Kim Anglin’s “Interview with Artist Terrill Welch” published at Happy Bondi (November 14, 2014)
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 Home “An 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)
- What do original paintings of Emily Carr, A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris and Terrill Welch have in common? (creativepotager.wordpress.com)