Art Commentary

Art commentary on specific Terrill Welch paintings by specific writers, first published on Art of Terrill Welch facebook page and shared on a variety of social media, are recorded here as part of an archive. This section will eventually become a long read so a short bio about each writer will be included at the end of each commentary. Enjoy!

ROAD TO EVERYDAY
Commentary by Laurie Buchanan

As a wall of fog moves in — traveling with nothing more to interrupt it’s advance than the slender trunks of yet slumbering trees — it pours over the scene a muted radiance that amplifies the serenity of this 24 x 36 inch oil on canvas painting created by Canadian artist, Terrill Welch.The smell of dying leaves in the motionless gray morning rises to our nostrils in the mist as we move forward — step, after slow step, on the damp earth — deeper into the sleeping forest.

A gaze up the branchless trunks on the ROAD TO EVERYDAY assures us that in due time, great shafts of sun will split the canopy of trees and a rush of wind smelling of salt and seaweed will clear woodland litter — twigs, seeds, bark — brushing it to earth where it will lay to rest with the bones of long-dead trees.

Alone with our thoughts in the bleak light, a languidness steals over the moment and we know with certainty that all human claims to this landscape are superseded by the fog. Ripe with the scent of matter-of-course — commonplace, everyday — we listen to a world hushed by the cotton-like haze, and realize there’s absolutely nothing to hear except for the silence of stillness that roars steadily in our ears.

Road to Everyday 36 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Canadian Contemporary ArtistTerrill Welch 2013_04_16 106
* The tagline “Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing” of writer and coach Laurie Buchanan tells us what we need to know most about her. Laurie is an anchor writer for Sibyl Magazine. She is also a contributing writer for Evolving Your Spirit magazine and a contributing writer for Power of Positivity. Laurie can be reached through Facebook and also her blog, Tuesdays With Laurie, at http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com

BREEZY BAY MORNING ON SATURNA ISLAND
Commentary by Laurie Buchanan

The sun, barely ripe on the bay’s horizon, offers the promise of warmth later in the day. The morning is still cool with a hint—an afterthought, really—of remaining mist. Hugging oneself in the muted hush of dawn’s solitude, we revel in the bone-deep pleasure of having the porch almost to ourself. The only other occupant are clothesline thoughts that open their souls—slowly—as mussels do when steamed.

I’m struck by the clarity with which Canadian artist, Terrill Welch, has captured the moment in BREEZY BAY MORNING ON SATURNA ISLAND, a 36 x 36 inch oil on canvas painting that offers a private view where we inhale the glory of brine-tanged air, take in the contours of the land and distant bay, and if we’re willing, allow nostalgia to sweep through us, carried by a wave of retrospection.

Perfectly set at arm’s reach, the pulley allows us to retrieve memories, much like scenes in a play. Some evocative and positive, soaked in the freshness of purifying sunlight; others flap and snap in the gust of pre-storm turbulence. Seasoned, those of us who’ve lived any life know that reminiscing is often a bittersweet experience.

The world is chaotic. The serene setting in BREEZY BAY MORNING ON SATURNA ISLAND offers a gentle porch view. Every clothesline tells a story—even the one in our mind’s eye. What’s yours?

Breezy Bay Morning 36 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_09_15 038

Detailed viewing and purchase information is available at:
https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch/breezy-bay-morning

* The tagline “Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing” of writer and coach Laurie Buchanan tells us what we need to know most about her. Laurie is an anchor writer for Sibyl Magazine. She is also a contributing writer for Evolving Your Spirit magazine and a contributing writer for Power of Positivity. Laurie can be reached through Facebook and also her blog, Tuesdays With Laurie, at http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com

TRAIL ALONG THE RIDGE
Commentary by Sam Juilano

Terrill Welch’s arresting impressionistic oil painting TRAIL ALONG THE RIDGE showcases a domestic refuge, one that is ideal for meditation and creative inspiration.  There is a pneumatic quality to the seemingly clandestine vantage point overlooking mountains and a wooden valley that would surely give pause for sensory reflections.  The glorious blue sky, bright textures, summer shadows and joyful ambiance define the scene, yet there is a mystique in the central almost intimidating image of the Douglas Fir, which is rooted tenuously near the edge of the ridge, a sitting duck for a storm, yet evincing a look of having survived its share of atmospheric ravages.

Everyone can lay claim to a place and a setting they revered since childhood – and the experience is a kind of “Stopping by Woods on a Lovely Day,” when everything comes to a halt, and there is a fusion with nature.  Welch’s painting isn’t without a more somber context – the tree’s slant suggests that such days are in limited number, and are mainly available during late spring and summer, yet there is scenic bliss and inspiration, not only attested by the creator, but to be seen by generous brush strokes of color and a wonderfully serene landscape.  It would be hard to fathom that a hike up this trail wouldn’t stoke the happiest of memories and expectations. This is Ms. Welch in radiant mode, and it would bring any room to life, transporting its onlookers to an idyllic hamlet in this island paradise.

Trail Along the Ridge 30 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Canadian landscape painter Terrill Welch 2014_11_26 016

Update: Now Sold! This 30 x 24 inch oil on canvas painting is part of the upcoming “West Coast Landscape as Home” solo exhibit of paintings by Terrill Welch opening April 4, 2015. More information and detailed viewing of this painting, along with 22 other works, are available at https://terrillwelchartist.com/2015/03/19/west-coast-landscape-as-home-solo-exhibit-of-paintings-by-terrill-welch

* Sam Juilano teaches creative writing and literature in the public school system. He is a life-long patron of New York City cinema, Broadway and off Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera and attends several classical concerts a year at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. However, Sam is most globally renowned for his popular movie review blog site Wonders in the Dark that he founded in 2009 and co-writes with Allen Fisher. Sam is married to Lucille, who is a public school principal, and together they nurture and inspire their five children. He can be reached through Facebook or through his movie review blog.

 

GARRY OAKS ON BROWN RIDGE
Commentary by Charles van Heck

There are depths of blue that evade description. In GARRY OAKS ON BROWN RIDGE, an 18″ width x 14″ height x 1.5″ depth painting by Terrill Welch, she presents us with shades of blue that convey the harmonious blending of the elements of earth, sea, and sky. The painting brings to mind the imagery Mary Renault created in her novel The King Must Die. Renault wrote:

“The pink dusty road before us, the scrub and the dark pines lay always between these depths of blue. The sea was calm; as one looked down, it drowned the eye like a second zenith, but bluer still, bluer then lapis, or sapphire, or whatever flower is bluest…”

Garry Oaks on Brown Ridge 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas contemporary Canadian landscape art by Terrill Welch 2014_09_15 025

Detailed viewing and purchase information are available by clicking the image or https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch/garry-oaks-on-brown-ridge

Differing from Renault’s imagery, Terrill takes us along a goat path on an island in British Columbia. The colors are strong; intense yellow, which is often associated with the glare of light, is here used to capture the tall dry grasses and flowers curling at our feet as we come to the ridge top. Here, in contrast, the colors of Terrill’s palette play off one another to create the muted blues of the sea and mountains and the drifting cumulus clouds touched by subdued sunlight. Though the Garry oaks are the central focus of the painting, Terrill masterfully uses the angles of the trees not as obstructions, but rather as fingers to draw our attention the distant mountains and calm sea, the deeper blues of tranquility. GARRY OAKS ON BROWN RIDGE is a painting about harmony and calm—nature’s enduring offerings of peacefulness.

* Charles van Heck is the former editor of the Woodhull Arts Journal and academic lecturer. His poetry, essays and interviews of artists have appeared in various magazines and journals.

 

PROMISE
Commentary by Laurie Buchanan

PROMISE is a 12 x 16 inch oil painting, one of a trio—Sky and Sea—of west coast contemporary landscapes by Canadian artist, Terrill Welch; this one capturing the first light of morning, a wintry pale orange hue dappling the sky.

The extraordinary from-a-boat view of the unfolding scene makes it easy to imagine the lulling rock of gentle waves against the hull, while overhead gulls fly tangents, their breasts opened to the wind. Sea spray on my skin, I can practically hear their squawking as they circle low, angling for bits of flotsam and jetsam on the water’s surface.

In the distance, a mountain goddess lays prone; a softly backlit fog blanketing her slumber on barnacle-encrusted sea rock. As dawn awakens, the lifting fog ascends to meet the penetrating sun, slowly revealing the small of her back and graceful curve of her spine. A wisp of sea-produced brine perfume shamelessly flirts in the breeze.

Exuding a deep sense of calm, the beauty of this painting resides in its deceptive simplicity. PROMISE offers onlookers the opportunity to examine a wide brushstroke of complex, sensory-infused emotions, while at the same time inspiring the temporary illusion that the rest of the world has disappeared.

Promise 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_01_21 069

Detailed viewing and purchase information for PROMISE is available at: https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch/promise–4

*The tagline “Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing” of writer and coach Laurie Buchanan tells us what we need to know most about her. Laurie is an anchor writer for Sibyl Magazine. She is also a contributing writer for Evolving Your Spirit magazine and a contributing writer for Power of Positivity. Laurie can be reached through Facebook and also her blog, Tuesdays with Laurie, at http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com

 

THE OLIVE TREE painting
Commentary by Charles van Heck

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where others see nothing” wrote the innovative French artist Camille Pissarro.

Terrill’s painting THE OLIVE TREE, a 40″ height x 30″ inch width x 1.5″ in depth oil painting on canvas is an invitation to share a solitary moment on a Tuscan hillside of Florence, Italy. Walking, feeling the warmth of the sun, we listen to the chirping of birds, and inhale the sweet aroma of the warm earth. Then, unexpectedly, our attention lingers. Pausing, we find ourselves reluctant to turn our gaze away from a solitary olive tree.

In many respects, this is a deeply personal painting. In a blog Terrill has written, “On occasion a painter is mesmerized by a subject. In this case, I have fallen under the spell of a particular olive tree…” What was it about this tree that so captured her imagination? Her brush strokes are rich and full, capturing the May light, the hues of sky and earth, and the subtle motion of leaves, the far off hills, the tranquility of a pastoral moment. But our eyes are continuously drawn back to the olive tree as if to the radiant face of an aged woman.

“Work,” Pissarro advises artists, “at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis… Don’t be afraid of putting on colour… Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression.” The seamless balance of rich and full colors, the weaving of light and shadows, and the distant, tall narrow trees in this impressionistic oil painting allows us to experience Terrill’s first impression to see, paraphrasing Pissarro, a beautiful thing in a humble tree.

 

The Olive Tree painting Florence Italy 40 x 30 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_11_01 032

Update: Now Sold! Detailed viewing and purchase information is available at https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch/the-olive-tree

* Charles van Heck is the former editor of the Woodhull Arts Journal and academic lecturer. His poetry, essays and interviews of artists have appeared in various magazines and journals.

 

EVENING THUNDERCLOUDS OVER THE STRAIT OF GEORGIA
Commentary by Sam Juliano

Terrill Welch’s sublime impressionistic oil painting EVENING THUNDERCLOUDS OVER THE STRAIT OF GEORGIA has a fierce sensory undercurrent – a raging and visceral convergence of elemental properties that would even impress the regal flounder from the Grimm Brother’s The Fisherman and His Wife whose own ire required the proper theatrical trappings to denote that all is not well in the heavens.  But by her own admission the artist confessed the enormous challenge of documenting an experience that is both cosmic and suffused with a swirling sense of movement.  Staged at Georgina Point at the Straight of Georgia which separates Vancouver Island from the coast of British Columbia, the creator is armed only with an easel, a brush and a tube of oil paint – bare essentials with which to create an infinite event, one where lights have dimmed and an unwanted guest has intruded without proof of identity, to cast a pall of mystery and foreboding during the short interval between day and night.  With bold application of impressionist strokes, the painter has forged a scene of turbulent force – visceral and seemingly controlled by spiritual entities.  For those who like expansive outdoor atmospherics, defined by brooding weather and furious movement, Terrill Welch’s EVENING THUNDERCLOUDS OVER THE STRAIT OF GEORGIA is for you. It is imbued with a spiritual context – one that implies that all is not well beyond those pearly gates.  Audacious and original, this meteorological tapestry is unquestionably a masterpiece by a singular artist.

 

EVENING THUNDERCLOUDS OVER THE STRAIT OF GEORGIA is a 20 x 20 inch oil on canvas

Evening Thunderclouds over the Strait of Georgia 20 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2012_12_20 025

Update: Now Sold! Detailed view and purchase information is available at https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch/evening-thunderclouds-over-the-strait-of-georgia

*Sam Juilano teaches creative writing and literature in the public school system. He is a life-long patron of New York City cinema, Broadway and off Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera and attends several classical concerts a year at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. However, Sam is most globally renowned for his popular movie review blog site Wonders in the Dark that he founded in 2009 and co-writes with Allen Fisher. Sam is married to Lucille, who is a public school principal, and together they nurture and inspire their five children. He can be reached through Facebook or through his movie review blog.

 

WEST COAST ISLAND ROAD IN OCTOBER
Commentary by J. A. Visser

WEST COAST ISLAND ROAD IN OCTOBER is an 18 inch wide, 14 inch high and 1.5 in depth landscape painting by Terrill Welch. From Homer’s Odyssey to Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, writers have given their accounts of their journeys. We humans are lured by the Sirens of the road, be it the well traveled highway or the back road. We travel not only to reach a destination, but for the pleasure of the journey itself. The Jewish philosopher Martin Buber writes, “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

West Coast Island Road in October 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_03 022

Detailed view and purchase information for this painting is available at: https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch/west-coast-island-road-in-october

WEST COAST ISLAND ROAD IN OCTOBER tempts the imagination to experience the moments of a journey from various perspectives; from the memory of walking, bicycling or driving towards a destination. But like Homer’s Siren luring song, Terrill’s Muse entices the viewer to pause to take in the early morning fog drifting across a narrow road. Listen carefully and the sound of birds, the dripping of rain drops falling from leaf to leaf can be heard. Shadows and light slip among the branches across the road. Look closer, you will see a squirrel scamper down a tree trunk. The air is sweet with the aromas of cedar and decaying leaves.

With her bold strokes, Terrill has invoked these sights and sounds as our imagination ranges broadly across the canvas. But then there is the secret.

What is the secret of this painting? It lies hidden in the mist drifting across the road. It is the secret of our destinations that only our hearts can tell.

* J. A. Visser has published poetry in various publications and is currently working on a book about Canadian artist Tom Thomson.

 

WEST COAST BLUES ROLLING WAVES OYSTER BAY
Commentary by Kathy Smith 

The element of water is fluid and likes to flow in and around objects, curious always, and its waves are a forward motion of energy.

West Coast Blues rolling waves Oyster Bay 36 x 72 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_07_16 055

Detailed view and purchase information for this painting is available at: https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch/west-coast-blues-rolling-waves-oyster-bay

Note: the painting is a 32 x 72 inch (or 3 feet by 6 feet) oil on canvas.

It is in the water element that all great innovations and ideas are birthed. In Taoist thought, water is representative of intelligence and wisdom, flexibility, softness and pliancy. Water can wield great power in a storm and overwhelm the land. Water symbolizes the resources of energy, time, contacts, and money – wisely, neither hoarding nor squandering that which gives you life. Water will bring you tangible gifts (a most unusual or rare seashell or let you see an aquatic creature rarely seen) and will often alert you to things that you should walk away from, or turn in another direction from.  Water is also the element of stillness, rest and rejuvenation.

People drawn to the water element appear a bit reserved, yet are very creative, sometimes even eccentric. They can appear cool and stoic, yet have the capacities to be still and deeply reflect calmly.

Paintings of water bring the illusion of vast space whether in the home or in business. Water is a symbol of life flowing, reaching, withdrawing creating—inspiring splashing its waves toward shores. The color Blue is the symbol of leadership, balanced force, projecting energy into your space– glowing.

Treat yourself to the spectacular. Imagine taking endless walks by the sea.  Take this Terrill Welch original oil painting called WEST COAST BLUES ROLLING WAVES OYSTER BAY, home.

*Kathy Smith is director of Kathy Smith Productions and studied at Art Center of College Design in Pasadena California. She can be reached through Facebook and her Facebook Page Lღνєs::gσσd::things

PLUM TREE PINK
Commentary by Laurie Buchanan

Captivated, the viewer’s gaze is naturally drawn to the graceful bow of the plum tree’s trunk and delicate, blossom-laden branches toward it’s partner, the river. This 16 x 20 inch oil painting by Canadian artist, Terrill Welch, speaks of time—flowing energy—through which everything evolves and becomes.
Plum Tree Pink 16 x 20 inch oil on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2013 04 13 020

Update: This painting is now SOLD and is in a private collection in British Columbia.

Listen closely and you can almost hear the low, mellow tones of a shakuhachi—a Japanese end-blown flute—as its hauntingly beautiful ring drifts down from the gray-green hills in the distant background of this serene landscape.The deeply textured blossoms of PLUM TREE PINK showcase the softer shades of pink: pastel, cotton candy, blush, cameo, and cherry blossom. The riotous explosion of heady blossoms hint at what’s to come—juicy plums with crimson skin and purple flesh that turns yellow near the skin.The zen-like atmosphere and meditative quality of Plum Tree Pink speaks to the Japanese concept of naru—becoming. And because art evolves through its own temporal movement and flow, the concept of naru includes the movement of the artist as well: the painter or sculptor in creating their works, the musician performing a piece of music, a poet reciting a poem, or an actor’s performance. PLUM TREE PINK evokes a sense of stillness, of quietude. It serves as a gentle reminder to carve out time and space for being. For becoming. For evolving.

*The tagline “Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing” of writer and coach Laurie Buchanan tells us what we need to know most about her. Laurie is an anchor writer for Sibyl Magazine. She is also a contributing writer for Evolving Your Spirit magazine and a contributing writer for Power of Positivity. Laurie can be reached through Facebook and also her blog, Tuesdays with Laurie, at http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com

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