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Isa Sevrain

I’m from a small place called Berson near Bordeaux in west south France. My childhood was infused with the culture of a traditional French village, gossip and old stones, accordion “flonflon” and Strauss waltzes without forgetting August carnival.

My parents ran a small trade business and when I was 5 they also took over my grandfather’s vineyard. So, all together, from farming to trading, I developed the skills of perseverance, resourcefulness, quality craftmanship, and communication. At age 9 a woman painter client of my father gave me the most beautiful book I had ever seen, an illustrated Chinese story-book. I think it was the main inspiration of my childhood, an encouragement to believe in the power of expressing my heart.

A classical French education in boarding school introduced me to rebellion, rock’n roll, cinema and classical dance. In 1982 I found myself in the “big” city of Bordeaux. I started to go to the mime school of Philippe Bizot. For the next 5 years I worked with different theater companies and I took jazz and African dance classes. There I also opened up to Arabic culture and all together to a multicultural life. I added travel to my insatiable curiosity to meet more and more people. In 1987 I was working in Switzerland, saving to go live in the Caribbean for a while. With a last minute turn of thought, after meeting some Quebecquois, I bought a ticket for Montréal. When I arrived in December, I questioned my sanity. But I know now, it was meant to be. In retrospect, I feel that moving to Canada has been one of the best thing that has happened to me. From there I kept travelling back and forth to France via Caribbean. After a first trip in 1988 in the Okanagan, I swore that I would come back to western Canada. In 1990, I did and a new part of my life started.

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“Candlelite” In Bread Delight $4,400.00 CAD

For a couple of years I traveled more still between the Gulf islands and the Yukon. In 1992 I stopped in Nanaimo and I went to Malaspina College. I took some courses in their fine art program with Ian Garriock and Iris Church, I also attended an E.S.L program to improve my English. From then on I kept taking courses with different artists, including, Tony Onley in watercolour, Heather Spears in life drawing, Carole Ray in lino cut, and ceramic with Ian Nattras and Deb Taylor. I also kept going to life drawing classes which is my favorite way of learning.

Delphine, my baby girl, was born in 1995. From 1996 to 97 I participated in many group exhibitions on the island. In 1998, I had a solo show called “peephole” at the Parksville Art Council. At that time I also decided to give a try at craft, mostly to justify my craving for doing art. So for the next 5 or 6 years I tried to sell art in craft shows and markets. The good thing about this it is that I met with many good people. Finally, in 2003, I won the first prize award at the Sooke Fine Art Show and, around this time, I also became very ill and my family fell apart. These combined events made me determined to pursue my dream.

Today the focus of my art work is in ceramic, but I also work in acrylic paint, ink, collage, etc. My approach to everything I create artistically is through dance: when I draw I dance with line; when I paint I dance in colour; and when I work the clay, I dance with its mass. Movement fascinates me because it becomes an expression. And I plan to keep on dancing.

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Linda Walton

Linda Walton received her post secondary educations in painting and ceramics at the Berkshire college of Art and at Leicester University in England.  She lived and worked in Jamaica before immigrating to British Columbia in the 70s where she taught ceramics, drawing and design in the Fine Arts Department at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.  She moved to Vancouver Island in 2005.

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Linda’s work has been exhibited in Chicago, San Francisco and Sydney Australia as well as in several places in Canada.  It is in the hands of both public and private collectors in those countries and in Japan.  She lives in Black Creek, on the Oyster River where she works in ceramics, and multi media.

Gary Nylander

Gary was born and raised on Vancouver Island and began his interest in photography at 15 years of age and started as a photographer soon after graduating in 1976 from high school at the weekly newspaper, the Goldstream Gazette on Vancouver Island, from there he moved to Ontario where he worked for The Brampton Daily Times for 4 1/2 years.

"Botanical Beach" $475.00 CAD

“Botanical Beach” $475.00 CAD


“Near Sooke” $475.00 CAD

Missing the quiet environment and scenery of British Columbia Gary returned to B.C. after being hired at the Kelowna Daily Courier in October of 1983 where he is currently employed. During the past 25 years as a photojournalist Gary has received numerous awards and special recognitions which include 7 picture of the month awards and the 2003 news picture of the year  from Canadian Press , his work is also in the collection of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

Gary’ work also includes a body of black and white  landscape images and other subjects  from around Western Canada, the images are made with a traditional large format cameras  but scanned and printed using the latest injet printer technology. His work has been the subject of various one-man and group exhibits  and is currently showing at the Art Ark Gallery in Kelowna, B.C., and  Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island.

Trinita Waller

My formal art training began with pottery and functional vessels so the move to sculpture seemed to be a natural evolution. Permanent materials such as clay, stone and bronze have always been a part of my pallet; the figure is a subject that I have rendered many ways incorporating variations of these materials.

Learning the language of form and function and juxtaposing it with a play of positive and negative shapes is a constant exploration in my work.  Consistently appearing as a thread throughout my work is the female form, the inspiration being both familiarity and an appreciation for the human body.

“Torso” is an experiment in cast bronze of a hollow vessel. The piece grew out of a perception of how the female form is viewed. Some of the most important parts of a woman’s inner workings are outlined by negative spaces. Other parts that are considered taboo by some are remain whole. As the human form is soft and pliable this piece is executed in a medium that is hard and cold to the touch yet it imbues the supple visual qualities of the female figure.

Art Education

1998/97Glass Blowing, Red Deer College Alberta “Summer Series”

1998 Glass Fusing Workshop with Brock Craig

1990Sculpture Diploma Program Capilano College (Dean’s List)

1983-86Participated in various bronze workshops with the Seymour Sculptors

1982  Capilano College summer session Bronze workshop

1980 – 81 Fine Arts Program at David Thompson University- Nelson BC

Studied Sculpture Dance & Drawing

1980 University of Alberta Department of Extension Studied Ceramics

Soleil Mannion

Born in the Netherlands, Soleil Mannion’s formative years were spent in Vancouver, B.C. Her travels through the dramatic landscapes and seascapes of the Pacific coast awakened her artistic insight and personal aesthetic.

In 1991, Soleil moved to London, England to engage in multidisciplinary art studies – in drama, dance, and costume design. As she went on to work and teach in acting and costume design, she refined her sensitivity to lighting and spatial dimension – elements which have played central roles in her paintings and mixed-media works ever since.


While overseas, Soleil traveled through Europe, cultivating an openness to aesthetic discoveries along the way. One year in the Netherlands inspired an increasing love of open spaces – for their aesthetic possibilities and meanings, and also for their emotional potential. Two years in Greece and Italy rewarded her with a sharp sense of the various powers of warm light and subtle colour.

In 2003, Soleil moved to Vancouver Island and completed fine art studies at
Vancouver Island University. Soleil is an artist who seeks to call forth an initial feeling response with her work, which can soften armour and open doors to imaginative and thinking engagement with art.

Soleil began mounting solo exhibitions in 2005. Her work can be viewed at Sooke Harbour House, Brentwood College School, and at her home studio in Mill Bay.


Angela Menzies

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.

"Lisey's Koi" $1,000.00

"The Long Way Home" $1,200.00 CAD
“The Long Way Home” $1,200.00 CAD
"Lisey's Bathy" $1,200.00 CAD

“Lisey’s Bathy” $1,200.00 CAD

Lyn Stoffels

Lyn has been working with clay for over 20 years and uses handbuilt, wheel-thrown and altered form techniques. She makes a wide range of pottery from pendants to bowls and platters to wall art. The common theme in all her pieces is a touch of the coast. She uses stamped and rolled impressions of shells and seaweed and carvings of herons, salmon and dolphins. She combines her glazes to depict colors of the sea, sand and sky. All of her stoneware pottery is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Lyn lives and works out of her home studio in Powell River, B.C. “Living on the coast and being in nature provides me with a wealth of ideas and inspiration. I take these ideas back to my studio and work and play with them.”



In the past couple of years Lyn has been drawn to work with the technique of smoke-fired pottery.  “The rich red tones of the clay contrasted with black slip designs are burnished to a natural shine. I love the warmth and beauty of the bare clay with all its subtle impressions and the unpredictable patterns from the fire.”  Smoke-fired pottery is food-safe but because it is fired to a lower temperature it is more fragile and not intended for general use.

Many people and life experiences have contributed to and influenced my work. It is constantly changing as one idea grows into another.

Patrice Plank

 Patrice Plank, who calls Victoria, B.C., Canada her home, has been an artist most of her life.  Inspired by nature, Parice tries to capture the beauty surrounding her.  Her favorite subjects include birds, butterflies, dragonflies, animals, marine life and flowers.
Orange Glow

Orange Glow

In the past her primary media was traditionally oils and acrylics.  She has since fallen in love with clayboard scratch art and has been dedicated to this medium for the past seven years.  Patrice scratches her original art into the surface of the clayboard with very delicate tools and using a magnifier, reveals the design in exquisite detail in shades of black and white. She then paints her art with special watercolors or acrylics.

Her scratch art has won numerous awards and her art is included in private collections throughout the world.




Little Jewels

Little Jewels

Jennifer Kivari

My mosaic art can inspire, expand perspectives, or perhaps remind us of our spirit and truth we already know. By creating art subjects rich with feeling, memories, humor, and meaningful messages along with combining and weaving layer upon layer under and above the glass results in a powerful medium full of clarity and depth. I whole-heartedly believe we all have a purpose on this earth, something of value and significance we can share with others.  We are led through our life time by our inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is our real self. I want to share a part of myself and my ability and give back to the world; one art piece at a time…


This award-winning artwork reflects and highlights the beauty in the world around us, and has been featured throughout Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Canada; and the United States of America.

Joanna Asha Roznowski

I am a painter and photographer. With colour, contrast, texture, and shape I bring out vivid and dynamic compositions that echo my emotions about the environment. The technique I use of pouring and moving the paint across a canvas makes it possible to easily follow the direction of spilt acrylic paint.


For the last few months I traveled with my digital camera documenting the natural environment on Vancouver Island. Each of the unique organic forms I found, juxtapositions of colours and contrasts was in the constant growth and revival. I tried to imagine what is beneath the ocean floor, what is the particularly the nature of landforms in the area, what can be discover, what kind of plants

inhabited the space, what is the history of the place, what is abstract and what is real? My current work reflects fascination with the plants’ unique structures including their forms and tissues from the microscopic to the macroscopic visions. On my paintings representational images of various plants and abstract shapes are filled with energy, which, as in nature, balances between the concentration of a form and its synthetic partition. The embryophytes and hydrophytic plants blend and permeate each other forming multi-layered compositions.

Joanna Asha Roznowski holds an MFA from the University of  Waterloo, a BFA from NSCAD University, and Diploma in Fine Arts from the Vancouver Island University.

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