The Work Of Art

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!” 

Happy Art Collector

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. 

You can learn more about Katrina and Four Corners Management Consulting at https://www.4cmc.ca

Oil painting of Prince Edward Island Heritage Road showing all four seasons starting with winter, then autumn, summer and finally spring in the distance.
Centuries of Seasons Heritage Road PEI by Canadian Artist Terrill Welch

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.

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Happy New Year with Best 7 Paintings of 2018

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 Edge that 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…

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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

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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

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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 water.

Oyster Bay Morning Rain – 8 x 10 inch plein air acrylic sketch – SOLD

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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

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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

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Arbutus Tree Reaching – 36 x 48 inch oil on canvas

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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

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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: 

Pay attention. 

Be astonished. 

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? 

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Le Petit Show Opening on International Artist Day

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!

The online Le Petit Show opens Thursday, October 25th for International Artist Day and will close Saturday, November 10th. The show will include the available work in the online gallery  Acrylic Painting Sketch collection and the Small Oil painting collection

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!

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Between Islands and the Salish Sea Terrill Welch solo exhibition

Online viewing of works in the show…


A few images from the show…

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The Sea and Me contemporary seascape paintings by Terrill Welch

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.

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Exposing The Mystery In An Ordinary Day

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 The Station 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.

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Mayne Island Landscapes Small and Large at the Terrill Welch Gallery

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

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Seven Terrill Welch Paintings Sold and One Traded in Six Weeks

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 Gallery show “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.

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Happy New Year with the best 7 paintings of 2016

In 2016, there are 24 oil paintings and 32 acrylic painting sketches for a total of 56 completed works by the Canadian artist Terrill Welch. Many of these oil paintings are larger canvases and cover specific geographical areas of both the west and east coast of Canada. Most of the painting sketches were completed during a spring seven-week art trip to Prince Edward Island and remain unavailable in the artist’s private studio collection. In total, 30 paintings or painting sketches were released in 2016 and overall 15 works from the available pieces left Terrill’s studio into private collection.

The selection for the best paintings of 2016 is limited to an arbitrary number of seven works because choosing 16 for 2016 out of a total of 56 works just didn’t seem to create enough of a meaningful selection process. So here it goes, in no particular, order, the artist’s choice of the seven best paintings 2016.

On the Rocks in Tofino – 24 x 30 inch oil on Canvas. SOLD.

On the Rocks in Tofino 24 x 30 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2016-03-30 IMG_2079

Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace – a large 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas

Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Canadian artist Terrill Welch August 10 2016 IMG_9055

Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Southern Gulf Islands Afternoon – 48 x 36 inch oil on canvas

Southern Gulf Islands Afternoon 48 x 36 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2016-02-05 IMG_8448

Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Catching Waves at Georgina Point Mayne Island BC – 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Chesterman Beach Sunset – 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas. SOLD.

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Cap Egmont Lighthouse PEI 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

Oyster Bay Mayne Island BC with fresh snow – 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas

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Details and purchase information is available HERE.

In addition, a new curated artist’s journal  As We Breathe in hard cover and e-book has recently been published HERE in Canada and HERE in the United States.

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The coffee table book, with 77 selected painting and commentary, is Terrill Welch’s personal selection of some of the most significant moments she has rendered in paint and words between 2013 and 2016.

Happy New Year and all the best of 2017!

P.S. Terrill is completing a new solo show of West to East Canadian Landscape Paintings in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150 years since confederation.  Follow this website blog for latest show and painting release information.

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First East Coast Painting Released along with show Saturday and Sunday

There is much news from the studio as our genuine summer season gets under way.  In the Studio Terrill places the last brush stroke on first large East Coast PEI painting.

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This work will be shown, along with recent painting sketches from Prince Edward Island and some of her larger west coast paintings, this coming Saturday July 9th 1-4 pm and Sunday July 10th 11 am – 4 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Rd.

Terrill will also be doing live painting to demonstrate her process of using reference materials to create large oil paintings.

Wind Swept Murray Head PEI 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

Wind Swept Murray Head PEI 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch IMG_6547

Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking  HERE.

A west coast painting of the same size will also be shown from a similar topography along Dallas Road in Victoria B.C.

Westerly Winter Winds Victoria BC 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas

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Detailed view and purchase information available by clicking HERE.

It is a Canadian landscape art show that will take you, painting by contemporary painting, from the west to the east coasts of this fine lands.

Then there is the small problem of a hole in the home studio show after yesterday’s studio visitors became new collectors.

Terrill Welch's home studio with hole in show following sale

We need to choose another 18 x 24 inch oil painting for there. Want to help? Have a look in the online gallery and let us know what you suggest https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/terrill-welch

SOLD! Winter 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas

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May your days be filled with long walks on the beach or in the woods!

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