On any given day, the home and working studio of Angela Menzies is bursting with joy. Two homeschooled children are chasing a big, cape wearing brown dog through the living room, a pitbull is curled up on the sofa and a cat or two are belly up in the patch of catnip. Woven into this blissful tapestry is a loving, supportive husband. In the middle of it all, Angela sits at an easel, painting and laughing. Welcome to Brown Dog Studio.
Hanging on every wall are large, colorful paintings, mostly of nude women. “I’m inspired by wild women”, she explains. “Color. Rich textiles. I want my paintings to be luscious to look at.” And they are. All her paintings, with tiles like “Tragedy of the G-string” and “The God of Bullshit” have playfulness, a sense of humor in them. Each painting talks to you. “Come here”, one might say. “Laugh with me”. A knowing customer once exclaimed “I hear ya sister!” “That’s why I do this thing I do”, smiles Angela.
Angela has shown in Sooke’s Fine Art Show over the past several years and won a juror’s choice award in the 2005 show. She also opens her studio to the public twice a year during the Stinking Fish Studio Tour. Angela is a self taught artist and has always painted. She grew up living off the land in a remote part of BC. With no television or neighbors within hoofing distance, so Angela turned to art. She came to Victoria 16 years ago to attend the University of Victoria where she earned a degree in psychology.
The quiet beauty of East Sooke brought Angela and her husband to the country in 1998, where they could raise and homeschool their children. Brown Dog Studio is open by appointment year round.