An interview with Terrill Welch: Artist

Today we are happy to welcome Mayne Island artist and photographer Terrill Welch to Writing Our Way Home. Terrill’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.
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.

Terrill Welch’s work in water miscible oil paints and her photography printed on canvas showcase the beautiful, mysterious and rugged southwest coast of CanadaA complete artist’s biography is located on Terrill’s popular Creative Potager blog. Terrill Welch’s work is online at Terrill Welch Artist  and at redbubble

Welcome, Terrill. What drives your creative work?

As an impressionist painter and photographer I have a desire to connect us to the dirt beneath our feet and the air that we breathe. I want us to remember that we exist because of the sun, the moon, the trees, the rain, and the sea. I want the essence of my work to speak this truth even if you are on the 44th floor looking out on a civilization of steel and glitter. When you look back into the room and see one my photographs or paintings on your wall, I want you to remember this simple and beautiful fact. A fact that will ground your decision-making and feed your resilience until you can join me as I walk on the seashore or under the big fir trees.

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and meet yourself at the beginning of your creative career?

I have been waiting so long. What is keeping you?

How do you keep creating when things get difficult?

When things are difficult I shift my creative practice to fit the time, space and energy I have available. For example, I will sketch if I am having trouble painting. I will take macro images if a great seascape is eluding me. Sometimes I bake cookies. The satisfaction of seeing their hot, soft, deliciousness cooling seems to release the satisfaction necessary for other creative work. Something always seems to work and then I am off again with a dozen creative ideas clambering for my attention.

How does your creative work affect the rest of your life?

My creativity is the fluid foundation for all of my living. I think of creativity as fluid because it seems to continually change. I can only catch a glimpse of what I am imaging. This must suffice. The rest is destine to unfold as I work.

What is it like to send your work out into the world?

Our work is always in the world. It is just a matter of allowing someone to find it.

What was the best advice anyone gave to you?

Stay flexible and build on what is working.

What helps you to pay attention to the world?

My feet are what help me pay attention to the world. I walk when I want to pay attention to what is around me and what is happening inside of me.

Thank you Terrill, for your answers, and for sharing your wonderful images with us! 

Comments & replies

9 thoughts on “An interview with Terrill Welch: Artist

  1. artistsroad

    “What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and meet yourself at the beginning of your creative career?”

    “I have been waiting so long. What is keeping you?”

    Inspiring. I’m going to keep this with me as I seek to create today.

  2. DazyDayWriter

    Loved this interview … great work Terill and Fiona! Blessings to both of you with your wonderful creative pursuits. Inspirational to say the least. Happy to Shine a Light on your work today in SunnyRoomStudio @ … have a lovely weekend! –Daisy

  3. Maureen

    Excellent interview. Terrill is as eloquent in words and with paint. I deeply appreciate her approach to art and creativity, how she speaks to that need to be fluid because it’s only possible to catch a glimpse of anything that we’re seeing.

  4. holessence

    This was a delicious interview to read during my lunch break!

    Terrill, the word pictures you paint are just as compelling, just as engaging, as the ones you put on canvas, or capture through your lens.

    – Laurie

  5. creativepotager

    Thank you Laurie, Maureen and Daisy for stopping in and your kind words. It is always a pleasure to share part of my day with each of you.

    Pleased to meet you Patrick and I hope that little bit of an answered was helpful with your creative work.

    And an extra special thanks to you Fiona for your thought provoking questions and hosting this space for us creative beings.

    All the best everyone,


  6. Leanne

    What a beautiful blog!
    Thank you Terrill for allowing us to get to know you a little better. You are a fascinating, well grounded dynamic woman–and I’m so glad you’re in my life.
    Cheers : )

  7. jeffstroud

    Thank you for this interview with Terrill! Great questions, and they have been consciously expressed.

    I have been a blog friend of Terrill’s for a few years now and it has been a joy to be on the adventure with her!

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