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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Happy New Year with best 5 paintings of 2017

As we approach the end of the calendar year, we again select the artist’s choice for the best paintings of 2017. This year, we have decided on 5 out of the 29 new works that have been released – and three of those are just being released today in the online gallery! So be sure to check it out. The link is included below.

Here is the 1st and likely the public favourite…

Storytelling Arbutus Tree Bennett Bay Mayne Island BC
By Terrill Welch
Size (h w d): 60 x 40 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Available: HERE

In 2nd place for the artist’s choice of the best five paintings completed in 2017 is…..

Northeasterly Morning Strait of Georgia Mayne Island BC
By Terrill Welch
Size (h w d): 20 x 40 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Available: HERE

In 3rd place for the artist’s choice of the best five paintings completed in 2017 is……

Early Spring Morning at Miners Bay
by Terrill Welch
Size (h w d): 12 x 24 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Availability: Sold

Then in 4th place for the artist’s choice

Winter Late Afternoon Georgina Point Mayne Island BC
By Terrill Welch
Size (h w d): 18 x 24 x 1.5 in
Medium: walnut oil on canvas
Availability: Sold

And finally, the 5th painting chosen…

Just Before Sunset Mayne Island BC
By Terrill Welch
Size (h w d):  30 x 24 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
Available: HERE

View all available work in the online gallery HERE.

Closing remarks for 2017 from artist Terrill Welch:

An outstanding career photographer who follows my work, who has been to some of the places rendered in my paintings and who has seen some of the paintings in person, as well as online, made this comment:

“The strength of your work is not always immediately evident. A person must often be willing to take time with it before its power becomes apparent.”

This is what I have come to call – exposing the mystery in an ordinary day. The energy of a piece is intended to reach our bodies before our eyes can decipher and translate what we are experiencing into cognitive thought – words. The paintings are intended to reach the viewer before they can edit what they are experiencing into what they think they already know.

These paintings are a good examples of this tension between the ordinary impressions of a day and the early 1800’s sublime or romantic. With the predictability of a labyrinth, we circle back to a new, yet slightly familiar, place. But for me this life/painting journey is more like a spiral that is so finely threaded I have have no idea whether I am winding inward or outward. Possibly, it doesn’t really matter.

My job, as I see it, is to capture the conversation between this earth and me and then translate these experiences into a universal language of paint. How else can we collectively gather ourselves around a shared purpose to change our ways and recognize our responsibility for our planet, for our stewardship, for our world and for our continued existence?

Yes, I paint what is meaningful to me, often without even sorting through the “why” of it. But this means nothing unless the viewer becomes passionate about the painting’s conversation and cognizant of their own urgency to engage, to act, to be and to love.

This a tall order to ask of a painting and of a painter on a mainstream global platform that is spiraling towards self-destruction – chasing shock and awe. Still, I must try because we deserve a chance and above all, I am not alone. You have come to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me, again and again, canvas upon canvas upon canvas. This 2017 year has been no exception. In just the last few days alone, the paintings have been viewed over 25,000 times. I can no longer count the vast number of views, comments, shares and conversations each year. On top of all of this, more than 20 original paintings, from the very large to small, were purchased and are now in private collections.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for embracing the conversation with the land, the sea and the sky…. and with each other.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best in 2018!

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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.

Chesterman Beach Sunset 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2016-04-01 IMG_2064

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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Happy New Year with the best 15 paintings of 2015

It is here? Already? How sudden it seems to have come to close this fine painting year of 2015. In the studio or roaming the seaside, hillsides and trails, the artist’s brushes have done their thing, creating just over 50 original works including 28 oil paintings and 23 acrylic painting sketches. Some of these have been en plein air and others have been rendered from reference materials and memory. Regardless of their humble beginnings, each holds a short moment of a life lived. At first, only 10 works were going to be selected for the year-end roundup. But alas, the selection resisted such refinement. So here it goes, in no particular order, the artist’s selection of the best 15 paintings and painting sketches of 2015. Happy New Year! Enjoy!

April in the Japanese Garden 11 x 14 inch acrylic painting sketch (available)

April in the Japanese Garden 11 x 14 inch acrylic painting sketch by Terrill Welch 2015_04_08 151

Bell Towers of Florence Countryside  16 x 20 inch walnut oil on canvas (available)

Bell Towers of Florence Countryside 16 x 20 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_08_02 062

Canoe Pass at Winter Cove 14 x 18 inch walnut oil on canvas (sold)

Canoe Pass at Winter Cove 14 x 18 inch walnut oil on canvas by Canadian artist Terrill Welch 2015_07_17 091

Early March at Arena Lighthouse California coast 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas (available)

Early March at Arena Lighthouse California coast 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_06_18 013

Fremont Hills California Early Spring 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas (available)

Fremont Hills California Early Spring 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_06_18 050

June at East Point 8 x 10 inch acrylic on panel board (available)

June at East Point 8 x 10 inch acrylic on panel board by Terrill Welch 2015_06_25 403

Northern California Surf Building 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas (available)

Northern California Surf Building 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_05_13 066

Peonies and Poppies still life 12 x 16 inch acrylic painting sketch on gessobord (sold)

Peonies and Poppies still life 12 x 16 inch acrylic painting sketch on gessobord by Terrill Welch 2015_06_07 477

Point No Point Mid-storm 16 x 20 inch walnut oil on canvas (sold)

Point No Point Mid-storm 16 x 20 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_04_25 137

Spring Tea 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas mostly plein air (available)

Spring Tea 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas plein air by Terrill Welch 2015_04_25 140

Spring Tea A Quick Study 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch (sold)

Spring Tea - a quick study 8 x 10 inch acrylic plein air sketch by Terrill Welch

The Edge 48 x 24 inch oil on canvas 2012 – 2015 (available)

The Edge 48 x 24 inch oil on canvas 2012 2015 by Terrill Welch 2015_12_14 011

Trail in the Arbutus Trees  24 x 24 inch oil on canvas (available)

TRAIL IN THE ARBUTUS TREES 24 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_01_01 246

West Coast Early Evening Winter Sea  16 x 20 inch (sold)

WEST COAST EARLY EVENING WINTER SEA 16 x 20 inch by Terrill Welch 2015_01_01 253

Winter afternoon Navy Channel  11 x 14 inch acrylic sketch on gessoed panel (available)

Winter afternoon Navy Channel 11 x 14 inch acrylic sketch on gessoed panel by Terrill Welch 2015_11_28 095

In this 2015 year, a total of 25 original works has left the studio into private collections. Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to highlight all of the paintings here that are loved and were purchased this year by a long and growing list of international collectors. What we DO have is a sampling of some of the best work of the 2015. In making selections, there is an attempt to represent major themes and interests of the artist as well as style trends in her work. Therefore, if you do not see your treasured painting in this list, it is not because it is not worthy of recognition. It is! And it is yours to enjoy everyday. Instead, see if you can find a painting that is similar in theme and style to the one you have on your “Terrill Welch original” art collection. It was a good year for painting and 15 is just too small a number to capture all the best works!

These paintings and painting sketches are not linked to a specific online gallery because there will be further changes in the months ahead about where work will be available. For now, the best option is to browse the online galleries listed below or contact the artist directly about a painting or painting sketch you are interested in purchasing.

Note from artist Terrill Welch:

This year would not have been possible without each of you! Your support, shout outs, cheering and collecting of paintings that inspire and connect with your own wishes and daily life are all part of the success these pieces have experienced. Thank you!  May you experience the richness of kindness, courage, love, curiosity and appreciation in abundance! All the best of 2016!

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Best 13 Paintings of 2013 Happy New Year

First, Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!

With fifty finished works, many already sold, and several of these paintings three feet by six feet or greater, I found it a challenge to decide on a personal selection of just 13 paintings to designate as my best 13 paintings of 2013. However, the job is done and it gives me great pleasure to share my choices with you on the eve of a New Year.

In no particular order….

STORM WATCHING  30 x 4o inch oil on canvas

Storm Watching 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_11 003

THROUGH THE TREES  5 x 7 inch oil on canvas – Updated July, 2014: SOLD

Through the Trees 5 x 7 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_04 431

WINTER SEA II 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

Winter Sun II 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_05_28 279

END OF DAY WITH ARBUTUS 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

End of Day with Arbutus 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_07_08 003

RHYTHM OF THE SEA EDITH POINT 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas

Rhythm of the Sea Edith Point 20 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_04_03 079

WEST COAST BLUES study 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

West Coast Blues study resting 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch SOLD 2013_03_04 020

TULIPS SPRINGWATER DECK II  20 x 16 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

Tulips Springwater Deck II by Terrill Welch 2013_05_03 008

PLUMS APPLES AND MOSTLY SUNFLOWERS 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas

Plums Apples and Mostly Sunflowers 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_08_23 047

ACTIVE PASS SPRING MORNING 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

Active Pass Spring Morning 2013 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_04_19 047

EVENING AND THE ARBUTUS  36 x 60 inch oil on canvas

Evening and the Arbutus Tree 36 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_01_07 018

THE MT. BAKER REACH 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

The Mt. Baker Reach 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_07_02 015

ARBUTUS ON MT. PARKE 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas

Arbutus on Mt. Park  12 x 16 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_10_26 059

A TALL TALE OF AUTUMN STUART RIVER 16 x 12 inch SOLD

A Tall Tale of Autumn Stuart River 16 x 12 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_24 003

The runner-up painting is likely a mistake not to include in my selection of thirteen so I am adding it here as a bonus selection…

SEASIDE MAYNE ISLAND 60 x 36 inch oil on canvas – SOLD

Seaside Mayne Island 60 x 36 oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_10_15 041

So there we have it! My deep and heartfelt thank you to art collectors who added on of my paintings to their collection in 2013. As an artist, it was a good year and one I will remember fondly.

May 2014 exceed our expectations!

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