Sandy Terry is an award – winning West Coast artist, Sandy Terry, draws inspiration form the abundant natural beauty of British Columbia. She is drawn to capture the simple elegance in the curve of a leaf, subtle shifts in color and the radiance of light as it interacts with form, all in a moment in time.
Dramatically representational, with loosely flowing brushwork and richly layered pigment to achieve greater depth, her vibrant renderings embody the essence of splendor and grace in Nature’s timeless canvas.
Her work is in private collections in Canada and the United States.
Frank Ducote’s folk art and paintings reflect life in, on and around the Gulf Islands and Salish Sea. People, places and things are all grist for his mill. His work is infused with wit and whimsy while drawing attention to the beauty of everyday life around us.
Marilyn is an expressionist painter working and residing in the Comox Valley, British Columbia. Art has been a strong passion for her from a very young age. In the 70’s, she majored in Fine Art in high school with the dream to further her art studies, but life chose a different path for her at the time.
“Centre Piece” original acrylic on canvas – $1,295.00 CAD
“Cedar Rest” Original acrylic on canvas – $1,595.00 CAD
Her and her husband moved to the Comox Valley in the early 80’s. Yet, she continued to put her art dream on hold to start a family. When their children reached elementary age, Marilyn extended her knowledge in art working as a versatile artist throughout the Comox Valley. She volunteered with a theatre group where she gained extensive experience as a set designer and painter. With this experience, she was offered many mural jobs from the downtown Courtenay and Campbell River BC merchants. Soon after, she decided to complete her studies of Fine Art with North Island College and Emily Carr University and completed her BFA in 2009.
“Standing Tall” original acrylic on canvas – $1,595.00 CAD
Today her art reflects on the environment with her passion of nature in her non-traditional landscapes with paint. She explores a sensorial perception of the forest through her painting process. The qualities of the landscape elevate her imagination and positive energy becomes the driving force in the creation of her work. Each painting refers to a particular place in nature, yet they are unidentifiable taken from its specific location. She paints with bold, vivid colour that allows a luminosity to vibrate and each piece has a strong sense of light. Working in a large-scale format allows her to work with a loose, gestural brushstroke.
Marilyn has exhibited her work on canvas in Courtenay at the, Comox Airport, St Joseph’s Hospital, Grottos Restaurant, Muir Gallery, and the Comox Valley Art Gallery, she has also exhibited in Dubai commercial galleries, Victoria and Nanaimo, and private collections.
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.
- “The Long Way Home” $1,200.00 CAD
“Lisey’s Bathy” $1,200.00 CAD
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.