“I am a woman living a life of simple abundance. My vision for the world is that we are walking in the sunshine of our soul.” – Terrill Welch
British Columbia artist and photographer Terrill Welch’s distinctive palette, quick sure painting strokes, and photographic images capture forest, sandstone, sea and sky. They remind us that there is only one moment – this one.
Terrill sold her first oil painting when she was fourteen years old and had two successful solo watercolour art shows in the late 1990′s in Prince George B.C., Canada. Terrill’s 3rd solo exhibit SEA, LAND and TIME, from Sept 3 – 22, 2010, featured her oil paintings and photography at the Mayne Island Reading Centre (the library). Paintings were sold to costumers as far away as New York City. Large canvas prints of seascapes and landscapes of the west coast were passionately acquired to grace homes and offices in British Columbia and Alberta. Terrill's latest solo exhibit STUDY OF BLUE was from June 30 - July 27, 2011 at the Oceanwood Resort. Seven of the fifteen paintings sold. Five the remaining paintings were requested by the venue and are now on showing in their luxury suites. Terrill's next series is SQUARED TO THE SEA and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012.
Born in the village of Vanderhoof in north-central British Columbia, Terrill’s art training came at an early age and continued more in the European style of mentoring and tutoring.
At seven years old, Terrill was enrolled in correspondence for home schooling. She thrived in the structured art assignments which taught scale, perspective, composition, shading and colour in the grade two curriculum. Between lessons she would sit and read -- and reread -- the material for each assignment, often working far ahead in the course work, just for practice.
At fourteen years old, Terrill was invited by Australian trained artist and teacher Sheila Timmins into an adult evening painting class. There she began her first in many years of art training by individual course work.
Watercolour artist and teacher Jack Peterson was Terrill’s instructor and mentor during these years of evening and weekend classes while she was living and working in Prince George B.C.
In 2002 Terrill began taking classes under the direction of artist and renowned Canadian teacher Glenn Howarth. She took three years of figure drawing and painting lessons in small classes of less than six students. During this time, she learned more about how humans see, and how that can translate into a drawing or painting than at any other point in her art career. Terrill attributes the strength of her current work in oil painting and her photography to Glenn Howarth’s brilliant tutelage.
From her home on Mayne Island, British Columbia, Terrill works full-time as an artist, photographer and writer.