British Columbia artist and Canadian landscape painter Terrill Welch’s quick sure painting strokes capture forest, sandstone, sea and sky. They remind us that there is only one moment – this one.
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 no longer discloses the specific number of works sold. The best way to determine which paintings are currently available is to browse her online Artworks Archive Gallery.
Terrill Welch’s work is in collections that also include such renowned Canadian landscape painters as Emily Carr, A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris.
Stripping away the human illusion of our separation from nature is at the core of my work. This illusion extends to a presumption of a separation between land, water and sky. I explore the interdependency of these natural elements. During the creative process, I am repeatedly reminded of humanity’s dependency on nature. Trees speak to me as if we shared a breath. I long for the rhythm of the sea or the flow of a river. The sky is like music to me. In my art I am compelled to express these connections.
Moments of engagement with my everyday world are portrayed in these paintings. These works primarily reflect the surrounding landscapes though occasionally a still life becomes the subject of my work. The brushstrokes render the light, shadow, movement, smells, sounds and emotions I am experiencing as I paint. The resulting paintings are my complete sensory experience, expressed.
In the paintings, there is an ongoing conversation between myself and the viewer. The work is an invitation to join me in exploring the relationship between the innate elements of our environment and ourselves. My intention is for the viewers to find themselves within the landscapes as I have – filled with curiosity, wonder and discovery.