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Dinah Giffin

Dinah Giffin was born in 1954 in Toronto, Ontario.  While she was in elementary, junior and high school her entire focus was art, art.  In 1983 she graduated with Honors from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.  Followinmg graduation, Dinah represented the Fine Art Department for the Helen Pitt award in Vancouver, B.C.

Stuffed Grizzlet

Dinah paints on recycled wood which is salvaged from old buildings, fences or is washed up on local beaches.  The paintings are framed in alder twigs or in Pacific Willow branches.  Pieces of wrecked boats which are washed up on shore and weathered boards present a natural beauty that represents years of history that blend into the ambience of her unique style of painting.

Fish Bench



“My roots are firmly and happily planted on our beautiful island.  There is a great feeling of inspiration from walking the beaches and enjoing the natural beauty of the ocean.  Each piece of wood has its own imperfections, nail holes, scrapes and marks which I include in my paintings.  I hope you enjoy my art.”  Dinah!

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.

Fish Teapot $275.00 CAD

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.

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

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

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