Between Here and There with Contemporary Landscape Painter Terrill Welch

From May 17th to July 7, 2019 Canadian contemporary landscape paintings from north central to the southwest coast of British Columbia will be showing at the Terrill Welch Gallery on Mayne Island. This solo exhibition is about a painter’s life that is lived in the landscape of a province rather than a city or village. From plein air painting at her parents’ farm on the Stuart River to the first leaves on the poplar trees in the Cariboo or the smoky skies near Cache Creek and all the way to linger along the islands next to the Strait of Georgia and then further to a sunset on Chesterman Beach near Tofino, her brushes move paint swiftly and precisely across the canvases. British Columbia is a diverse landscape that is explored within the integrity of place through the vision and impressions of one painter – Terrill Welch.

art gallery with contemporary impressionist landscape paintings of trees in spring and winter with snow and a seascape painting

From the richness of light through the rainforest canopy to an arbutus tree reaching over the edge of a cliff, you will be there, standing shoulder to shoulder with the painter inside the landscape.

art gallery with contemporary impressionist landscape paintings of trees in rain forest and arbutus tree reaching over a cliff towards the sea

Come on in and stay a while. This small Southern Gulf Islands art gallery looks forward to welcoming you for the first show of the 2019 season.

Guest book in small art gallery on Mayne Island in the Southern Gulf Islands.

Online viewing of the works in the show…

In other gallery news…

One of the latest paintings of the north central interior has been pre-sold from this show.

Winter Freeze Up Stuart River BC walnut oil on canvas 18 x 24
Sold! Winter Freeze Up Stuart River BC by Terrill Welch
18 x 24 inches, walnut oil on canvas

As well, another larger oil painting has sold this week and will be on its way…

Earth as to Sky by Terrill Welch
30 x40 inch, oil on canvas
Sold! Earth as to Sky by Terrill Welch
30 x40 inch, oil on canvas

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Large Painting of Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace

A painter can sometimes keep it simple and say that the painting painted itself. On occasion, this may even be the case. But not for this 40 x 60 inch canvas. It came with intentions that were sparked by a conversation with David Sandum, a Swedish painter and print maker living in Norway. He is also the author of the award-winning memoir I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down. We have been colleagues and friends for more than half a dozen years, or at least as much as one can be when living an ocean apart. The context for this painting was a dialogue following the latest in a series of terrorist attacks, this time it was Nice, France. The anger, bewilderment and confusion was felt bone deep. When one is a painter, there often seems to be only one thing that can be done in a situation like this – paint.  So, I made a commitment to do a painting while meditating about World Peace. My next work was a large seascape from my recent travels to Prince Edward Island. It seemed a fitting subject for this exercise. Here is the resulting canvas from  these painting meditations that took me several sessions….

Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace – 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

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In David Weale’s book, Whatever You Say – The talk of Islanders 1975-2005, he tells us about a mother on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island who use to warn her children to never to turn their back on the ocean. Upon finishing this painting, I believe we can also say “never turn your back on World Peace” because, like the sea, World Peace is unpredictable and, if we do not have one part of our being paying attention, at all times, we can find ourselves in real trouble. We imagine we know both the sea and World Peace. We believe we can navigate these every-changing landscapes without scars, tragedy and loss. But mostly, we only think we know our shadow selves, the dark side that is within each of us and part of the collective character of humanity. We fool ourselves into believing that the horror is from elsewhere, from an “other” that is separate from us. With every wave that meets the shore, the sea demonstrates how this is not so. The land and the sea are both part of the same whole, neither is constant, neither is willingly to give in to the other. Both are changed with each moment. Yet, for brief passages of time, we can gaze at the grand view and see what is possible. We may even be comfortable and turn away from our collective struggle between the separate parts of the same whole. We forget that the land can suddenly pushes up from forces far below the surface and displace the sea. We ignore that the sea can be tossed in vicious storms that tear at the cliffs and topple large chunks of red dirt and stone into the waters.  We tend to hang on, baffled by the interplay of our own contributions and those forces which we do not have any control. The concept of World Peace is possibly like this relationship between sea and land.

When we focus in on the details, we experience how the landscape disappears and can reshape itself into something much less recognizable.

detail 1 Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch August 10 2016 IMG_9058

What, at a distance, seemed solid and full of substance can become fluid, overlapping brushstrokes, loosely shaping the moving water and drifting sand dunes.

detail 2 Blooming Point PEI a meditation on World Peace 40 x 60 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch August 10 2016 IMG_9061

This painting is of an extraordinary place called Blooming Point in Prince Edward Island, Canada and it is a meditation about World Peace – holding the space, brush stroke by brush stroke, with all its complexities. Thank you David Sandum for your spark of inspiration and your frank thoughtfulness on this subject and so many others. This painting is dedicated to you.

Update Sept 7, 2016: Currently showing at the Farm Gate Store on Mayne Island, B.C..

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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.

In Studio placing last brushstroke on first large East Coast #PEI painting by Terrill Welch  IMG_6453

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

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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

Westerly Winter Winds Victoria BC 30 x 40 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch June 26 2016  IMG_6679

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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

Winter 18 x 24 inch walnut oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2015_11_10 024

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

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Sky and Sea in three west coast contemporary landscape paintings

These three recent paintings are mostly sky with the sea playing an important but supporting role in the landscape composition. Due to the similarity of subject and the orientation of the viewer, they are being released together.

The first contemporary landscape painting captures dusk on the winter west coast of Canada sea with clouds washed in colour.

ALMOST HOME 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas

Almost Home 14 x 18 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2014_01_21 104

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The second painting tells the story about how the fog has been hesitant to raise her skirts resulting in a poem to accompany the work.

PROMISE

The fog has been hesitant to raise her skirts
much above her knees on the island ridges.
We can’t really blame her.

After all, we have been gawking without shame,
seeking even the tiniest glimpse of blue sky and
sunlight between her cottony ruffles.

Today though,
within the deep winter quiet,
we are given brief moments of reprieve
from her dowdy grey garments.
It was not a dazzling display
but enough to leave us momentarily content,
hopeful even.

PROMISE 12 x 16 inch oil on canvas

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

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The third and final painting renders a  storm as it breaks in the late afternoon sky leaving behind a rainbow mountain and pink sky.

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN PINK SKY 16 X 20 oil on canvas.

Rainbow Mountain Pink Sky 16 x 20 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_12_03 085

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Each painting has been approached to bring you into the landscape, experience its fullness and moment of wonder. Their simplicity of structure is purposeful and a deliberate intention to ask for your pause and reflection on the landscape as you pass through a time of contemporary busyness.

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End of Storm Georgina Point Mayne Island – oil painting

The waves are rolling at the entrance to Active Pass. Even though the clouds have broken, the tail end of the storm is still whipping the sea.

END OF STORM GEORGINA POINT MAYNE ISLAND 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas

End of Storm Georgina Point Mayne Island 8 x 10 oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_06_25 017

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Winter Morning By The Sea – a small seascape painting

The day starts with soft hints of colour through heavy cloud and mist. Yet, the wonder of a new beginning, a new start, is still powerful and satisfying in its own natural abstract way. WINTER MORNING BY THE SEA is a small 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas window of hope and possibility for any kind of day.

Winter morning by the sea 8 x 10 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2013_02_03 022

This painting is now Sold and in a private collection.

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Reef Bay Morning Experienced – west coast seascape oil painting

I remember the sea, and the soft rush of water as it comes ashore. I remember the heaviness of the rocks and the salty dampness of winter seaweed. I feel the coolness of the air and the cry of the gulls.

REEF BAY MORNING EXPERIENCED  is an 14 x 18 inch alla prima or wet-on-wet seascape painting with the quiet strength that is part of any peaceful west coast day.

Reef Bay morning experienced 11 x 14 inch oil on canvas by Terrill Welch 2012_12_20 016

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A Sunday seems like a perfect release day for this new work that was completed late in 2012 and right in the heart of the gray that prevails during the short wet winter days. Yet is somehow a hopeful painting, one that fills me with resilience and inner strength against mounting melancholy. This is the kind of creative environment that feeds my creative muse and stills self-doubt with swift observation and quick sure brushstrokes.

More about the inspiration and process behind the rendering of this painting is available at Reef Bay Mayne Island observation to painted experience .

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