The subject area of our natural environment has, yet again (such as it was for cave and agricultural people of the past), become profoundly part of our awareness. If we want to survive as a species, we best be “getting it” and paying attention. The difference now is that just over half of world’s population are urban dwellers and have limited familiarity with the natural landscape’s intricacies and rhythms, even under usual circumstances, and there is nothing much usual about our current circumstances. Therefore, a translation is useful between urban life and undulating ground of a hiking trail, a sunrise with the sea gulls and seas, a hand pressed up against the trunk of an arbutus tree or an unexpected winter storm with a long February cold snap. This is where my paintings create a bridge, an opportunity to feel like you are there, that you understand and that you are also understood. The paintings are one method of accessing a sense of inner harmony during a time of uncertainty. I suspect that the larger art world and its art collectors will soon catch up to what we, as the painter and the readers of this newsletter, already know about the power to create sensory bridges with paintings about an ordinary in our natural environment.
So yes, I humbly conclude, my landscape paintings, which use all of my seasoned information in their creation, are not only relevant to our contemporary living but are also vital to keeping us engaged in our present circumstances with the singular purpose of finding solutions in a physical world that is undergoing immediate and dramatic change on several fronts. The paintings offer hope, belief, possibility and a strong grounding to our convictions that we can and will navigate the uncertainties ahead. We can and will do this. At, least this is what I hope you are receiving from the work. This is my intention, my wish and possibly even my prayer. If this painting bridge is not for you… then at least it is a bridge for me. And maybe that is enough.
As for being isolated from international art collectors and the art world, well technology has a way of equalizing the playing field in ways that keep evolving - such as this newsletter, online art galleries and even the latest 3D virtual gallery experience which I am going to introduce in this issue, along with other physical solo exhibition of my work for the 2019 season.
Hence, I conclude that I am actually more likely to be - smack dab in the middle of everywhere! Now how fun is that!?
But you need not just take my word for it…
As a collector of Terrill’s art since the mid 1990’s, I love how Terrill’s brushes can bring natural magic to the canvas. Visiting Terrill’s bright and airy Mayne Island Gallery is a sensory and art lover’s delight. The Gallery is nestled in a stunning old home, full of beautiful natural light, with wooden floors, and subtle light to highlight its walls natural treasures. The perennial garden that the Gallery overlooks is a stunner too. While I often enjoy seeing Terrill’s new creations on line, I enjoy a relaxing trip to Mayne Island before I make a final painting decision. I often get to hike the trails or visit the sights of Terrill’s paintings. I come home relaxed and rejuvenated with many years to appreciate my new landscape paintings. – Katrina, CEO, Langley, B.C.