Twelve of the eighteen paintings in the Art of Terrill Welch Gallery’s hottest show of the season were completed since the beginning of 2019. (Terrill Welch has completed and released 21 new works since January 1st but who is counting? 😉 Earth, Sea and Sky is a solo exhibition that is about exactly what the title describes. It is a theme that has a deep rich vein of consistency in Terrill Welch’s work and one she is not finished with just yet! The solo exhibition runs from Friday, July 12, 2019 to Sunday September 1, 2019. Two works in this show, including the “poster painting” have sold in pre-sales. Our heartfelt thanks to the art collectors who have graciously allowed these works to be shown for the opening weekend.
And here are a few images of the new show as it was freshly prepared for this weekend.
One looking towards the window and will be the first view seen as you enter the gallery…
Now for a final glimpse of the long wall beside the desk…
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Psst! There is a DRAW for newsletter subscribers of a small painting sketch at the end of this show but you must subscribe before August 20, 2019 and have opened at least one issue to qualify. You do not need to come into the gallery to do this. You can subscribe to the newsletter right now HERE . The details for the Draw are in Issue #30 Earth Sea Sky Opens, published on Friday July 12, 2019. Good luck!
Now for the online viewing of the works in the show…
Visit Art of Terrill Welch Gallery from the May to September
long weekends on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-4. Or better yet, make
an appointment for a private viewing anytime of the year at 478 Village
Bay Rd., Mayne Island, B.C., Canada.
Each season of Mayne Island’s boutique Art of Terrill Welch Gallery brings something new to its personal and Canadian welcome for viewing original paintings by internationally collected landscape painter Terrill Welch. With just a wee bit of luck, we managed to capture the artist herself stepping behind and in front of the camera this spring to bring a quick overview of what is in store at the start of the 2019 spring and summer season. We hope you enjoy this short video introduction and a brief glimpse of some of her new work that is now available.
A quick reminder for those that are unable to come to the physical gallery that available works can be viewed and purchased online 24/7 and come with a 30 day (no questions asked) satisfaction guarantee. Also, there is now a virtual gallery show that you can learn more about in the previous post HERE.
Make a Plan Today and….
Visit Art of Terrill Welch Gallery from the May to September long weekends on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-4. Or better yet, make an appointment for a private viewing anytime of the year at 478 Village Bay Rd., Mayne Island, B.C., Canada.
Yesterday, following a rocky ferry ride, a power outage and in the mids of winds and heavy rain, business woman, Katrina Elliot and I slipped into the Terrill Welch Gallery. A painting had been set aside months ago, waiting for her final review and consideration. She said “yes!”
You see, like people, my paintings have work to do. My paintings are not just a pretty face to dangle on your wall for others to admire or an accessory to balance or decorate a room. In fact, many collectors of my paintings hang the work in their bedrooms where few see them but the intended viewer. So, what is this important work that these paintings do?
Well, like Katrina, many “Terrill Welch collectors” are leaders in fields that they are passionate about – it is demanding work, meaningful work. The risks are often high and the learning curves steep because these individuals continually reach for what is just at the edge of their ability, simply because the positive outcomes for change, in individual lives and in community, are great. It is work that will matter ten years and even a hundred years from now. These individuals give everything they have and then find that extra 10 percent. In these situations, my paintings frequently provide a focus for reflection, a chance to regroup and build resilience, an opportunity to dream and problem-solve. They provide confirmation that you are enough – just as you are. Finally and most importantly – hope. The paintings are a touchstone and buffer. They are a reminder of our ability to endure and navigate significant losses and the trials we all must face in living a full life, one that is well lived.
We know this because firstly, it is the spirit in which the work is created and secondly, the paintings have been doing this work for so long that they excel in their partnership with the viewer to accomplish these tasks. In fact, Katrina attended and purchased her first work from my very first solo gallery show back in the mid 1990’s. Sadly, this initial painting was lost in a flood a few years ago. In 2016, wanting to replace the painting, Katrina did a google searched for me and the rest, as they say, is history. Since then she has carefully and thoughtfully added works to her “Terrill Welch collection” and I do trust and hope that these paintings will work as rigorously and hard as she does. The biggest bonus for me is that we have rekindled a friendship that now spans almost 25 years. The paintings consider this their valued-added contribution to the bottom line of life and community. The paintings can never guarantee this outcome but it is always a welcomed deliverable. As a painter, I think I love my work almost as much as the collectors and the paintings do! After all, we all have work we must do, that we cannot bare to walk away from or leave only half completed.
So, let us congratulate “Centuries of Seasons – Heritage Road, P.E.I.” on finding the perfect home and Katrina Elliot on her new stewardship of this work. May they both thrive, give their best and always know how much they are appreciated.
Painter’s notes about “Centuries of Seasons – Heritage Road, P.E.I.” 24 x 30 inch walnut oil on wood…
Centuries of Seasons might be said to have begun on a drive down the Currie Heritage Road on Prince Edward Island, Canada in May 2016.
It might be said that I only trust my brushes today and not my own words and convictions. This is true, though it is not uncommon, I would think, to seek the experience of wise counsel when processing ones own experiences.
It might be said too that I have begun with the first trees I ever painted. This likely is equally true because to know a tree well enough to paint it is to spend years in its company.
It might be said that the centuries of seasons in this painting have no beginning and no ending. This too is true as we can observe that the road has worn away from years of passage over its red dirt surface.
Regardless of what might be said, this is where the painting has come to rest with its centuries of seasons.
At the close of each year, Terrill Welch reaches back and picks up the best bits and tosses them forward, leaving stepping stones for the year ahead. In this way, she is fortunate because this year, she has so many solid and elegant gems for tossing.
In the words of the artist herself….
“Gathering a monk’s collection of polished simplicity, I find myself preparing for painting adventures with a traveling bag full of painting problems, desires, half-baked ideas and unknowns. My meager tools and methods are but a few hundred years old. Will they be enough? Am I enough?”….
After all, works of art are always the results of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, to where no one can go any further. (Rainer Maria Rilke – Letters on Cézanne, 1907. Published in English in 2002)
This quote opens up the introduction by Elena Maslova-Levin of the catalogue Conversations on Edgethat was published in the spring of 2018 for a two-artist show with Welch and Maslova-Levin in the Terrill Welch Gallery on Mayne Island in British Columbia. Excerpts of Maslova-Levin’s introduction about my work is one of the pebbles of observation I am tossing forward…
Landscape painting might not seem like a particularly dangerous
adventure: you take your easel, and paints, and a canvas, and go
outside, and paint what you see. What danger can be there?
It is the danger of seeing what nobody else has seen, the danger of shattering conventional and comfortable visual reality.
Paul Cézanne once said that Claude Monet was “just an eye, but what an eye!”
This remark may seem disparaging – unless you know what it takes to see what your eyes really
see. Every human being receives an infinite richness of visual
information every waking moment, but the brain habitually filters out
almost all of it, and builds a simplified picture of visual reality for
the mind to consume, based mostly on what we already know. This
mechanism is there to protect us, and it takes both courage and mastery
to switch it off, and to fully open your mind to the unspeakable
infinity of world’s beauty. To go through the experience of seeing all the way to the end, to where no one can go any further.
Although a student of Claude Monet’s in many ways, with an eye as
attentive and discerning as his, Terrill Welch is much more than an eye.
The space of her paintings is more than the familiar three-dimensional
space of visual reality. It encompasses not just vision, but all sensory
dimensions of human experience – the sound of silence, the smell of
distant snow, the cool touch of shadows, the taste of ocean water (and,
occasionally, a hearty winter lunch, too). This is how she inhabits the
multidimensional space of ever-present Now. That’s how she fills with
life and light what might seem like empty space to a lazy eye.
It is this multidimensional space that opens up from the deceptively
two-dimensional surface of her paintings. We see not only the visible,
but the invisible too. And this experience – a peak visual experience –
can expand your sense of vision, your perception of reality, and
ultimately, your consciousness, but only if you allow yourself to fully see how she feels her way into the space of a landscape and fuses it with her inner space.
Her paintings invite us to share in the treasure she brings back from where no one can go any further.
This excerpt is the criteria Terrill Welch shall use to select her personal, in no particular order, SEVEN out of twenty-seven BEST of 2018 paintings – these are the painting pebbles that she shall toss lightly ahead of her as she moves into the stream of a new year.
Best SEVEN Paintings of 2018
Restless Salish Sea –8 x 10 inch plein air acrylic sketch on gessobord
The day was fantastic! The waves were being whipped up by a good breeze
but it was still warm enough to be comfortable standing around. A
favorite kind of plein air painting day!
A small Emerald Bay Mayne Island BC – 24 x 18 inch oil on canvas – SOLD
The emerald waters in the bay sparkle with the clarity of gems as the
sunlight reaches over top of the hill. I stand in the calmness for a
while then cast my thoughts farther afield to the smoky skies across the
Oyster Bay Morning Rain – 8 x 10 inch plein air acrylic sketch – SOLD
As we stood, clouds gathered, until I had tipped my easel almost closed. Morning Rain. Oyster Bay, Mayne Island, British Columbia
Arbutus in the fog St John’s Point – 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas
The old arbutus on St. John’s Point tells the story of winds, dryness,
winter rains and endurance as it curls up and back over itself for
balance. The morning fog leaves its shape exposed and gathering more
attention than usual.
Sea and Shore – 36 x 48 inch oil on canvas – SOLD
Arbutus Tree Reaching – 36 x 48 inch oil on canvas
Late afternoon sun catches the curves of a grand old arbutus tree
reaching out into Campbell Bay on Mayne Island in British Columbia. I
want not to move or even shift my gaze for a very long time.
Winter with the Old Fir on the Ridge – 48 x 24 inch oil on canvas
The snow on the north side of ridge slows my progress because I need
to take several stops to catch my breath. But the climb was worth it! I
have the Mt. Parke ridge with its fresh snow all to myself! Just me and
this big old fir tree were there when the sun broke through the rushing
clouds and warmed our backs.
This could be many places in British Columbia in the winter and
certainly took me on a memory meander around the province when I later
painted the moment.
Now, standing at the easel, brush in hand, Terrill Welch shall step cautiously, yet confidently, forward with the advice of Mary Oliver in verse 4 of her poem “Sometimes”
Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it.
(from page 105 in Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, 2017)
Happy New Year!
What about you – what stones, pebbles and gems are you tossing forward for your journey in 2019?
Who loves the little paintings, the small works, the pieces that are always perfect to hang or rest or prop in your modest space? Maybe one like this small 8 x 10 inch acrylic sketch on gessobord? Yes?
Who wants to support their favourite artist for International Artist Day but a large work is just plain outside the budget? Well, the Terrill Welch Gallery has you covered!
If you happen to be “on island” for the Remembrance Day weekend the Terrill Welch Gallery is open Friday evening November 9th from 4 – 5, Saturday, November 10th, and Sunday, November 11th, during the day from 11-4 at 478 Village Bay Rd in Miners Bay on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada. The gallery is also open by appointment during the winter months any day or time that is mutually agreeable.
Do enjoy this small works, Le Petit Show, opportunity to add to your art collection with a Terrill Welch original painting!
From crashing waves to a quiet ebbing tide, you will be at the edge of sea with contemporary landscape painter Terrill Welch. The solo exhibition opens Friday, July 27th and is up until Saturday 22, 2018 at the Terrill Welch Gallery on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada.
In less than 3 minutes our short video provides a partial browse through the work for you.
You can also view all available work by Terrill Welch in the ArtWork Archive online gallery as well.
Each painting listed includes a short description about the work along with essential details.
Whether in person or online, we welcome you to this new seascape celebration in paintings from the Southern Gulf Islands and Tofino in British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest coast of the United States.
Directions to visit (along with days and hours open) the Terrill Welch Gallery in-person are available HERE.
Recently Terrill Welch was asked what her art was about.
“I am a landscape painter, exposing the mystery in ordinary day” she replied, “want to see?”
With several large canvases prepped with grounds and underpaintings waiting for her in the winter studio and material being reworked for a new online teaching of oil painting classes starting early in the new year, a few moments were taken up with creating a short glimpse into Terrill’s work… so we can “see” what this Canadian landscape artist is doing. She will be thrilled if you take a second or two and watch the short video, leave a comment and share with others who might be interested. Enjoy!
The Terrill Welch Gallery is now closed until early April, except by appoint to visit the winter studio or her home studio. However, work is always available 24/7 in her online gallery. This has been a good year finding homes for paintings. So far, almost as many works left on adventures of their own as were released. However, “available” works showing in the online gallery are current. So feel free to browse away HERE.
Also, beyond the showing of work in the Terrill Welch Gallery, there are two new solo exhibitions scheduled for 2018 in public gallery spaces. If you are traveling in these areas of British Columbia or you are close by and want to make a special trip to see the work, specific details are below.
The first solo exhibition opening April 5th at TheStation House Gallery in Williams Lake, British Columbia. The “Light of Place Exposed, Landscapes by Terrill Welch” show can be viewed in the main gallery until April 28th.
The second solo exhibition “Between Islands on the Salish Sea” will be at the Galiano Public Library on Galiano Island, British Columbia from September 10 to October 26, 2018.
Stay current about new oil painting classes being offered and new shows of Terrill Welch’s work by signing up to follow our website via email in the sidebar (top right if you are on your computer or laptop)!
Be it sea, sandstone, shorelines or sky, Mayne Island landscapes continually inspire Canadian painter Terrill Welch. The Mayne Islands Landscapes Small and Large show opened October 6th and will close November 19th 2017.
A video tour of Terrill’s landscape oil paintings and acrylic sketches is available on YouTube at
The gallery is warm and cozy on these cooler fall days and is a lovely browse for art lovers in the village area of Miners Bay on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada.
We look forward as always to hosting you!
TERRILL WELCH GALLERY –
478 Village Bay Rd in Miners Bay, Mayne Island, B.C., Canada
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays 11 – 4
Online 24/7 at the Terrill Welch Gallery Page on this website with a video preview and information to view the online gallery for the current show.
Between January 2010 and July 2017, more than 100 paintings of various sizes found their way into private collections. Many of these paintings have sold while still work-in-progress or resting wet on the easel. In August 2017, the bricks and mortar Terrill Welch Gallery opened and Terrill will no longer disclose the specific number of works sold. The best way to determine which paintings are currently available is to browse her online Artworks Archive Gallery.
In no particular order, these are the most recent eight paintings and painting sketches to go off on adventures of their own.
Winter Late Afternoon Georgina Point Mayne Island BC. 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas. Sold.
The Bluffs Galiano Island, 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch. Sold.
Morning Sky Strait of Georgia, 7 x 5 inch acrylic plein air sketch on gessobord. Sold.
Hazy Morning Active Pass, 5 x 7 acrylic plein air sketch. Sold
Early Spring Dinner Bay, 8 x 10 inch acrylic sketch. Sold.
Arbutus Tree with a View, 8 x 10 acrylic study on gessobord. Sold.
Mount Parke Trail study, 10 x 8 inch oil on canvas. Sold.
End of Storm Georgina Point Mayne Island, 8 x 10 oil on canvas. Traded for a work from an artist in Norway. More will be shared about this exchange about this in October at the Terrill Welch Galleryshow “A Brush with Europe”.
These works were sold in the bricks and mortar galleries of Shavasana Art Gallery & Café and the Terrill Welch Gallery as well as in Terrill Welch’s online gallery listed below.