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Sandy Terry

Awakening-BlazeSM-225x300Sandy 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.




Carollyne Yardley

Raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Carollyne Yardley completed two years in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and is a graduate of the University of Victoria, where she completed a double major in Psychology and History in Art. Most recently, she has taken art classes at the Victoria College of Art and studied with Tony Ryder at The Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Tropical Girl Squirrel & Gnome” Oil on Canvas $1,800.00 CAD


Since 1997, she has been the founder, business owner and creative director of a software application & web development company which provided her with a strong foundation in the visual communications industry.

“I view art and design as a process of thinking, creating, problem-solving, and communicating,” says Carollyne.

She cites a wide, ecclectic range of influences that inspire her work—not just Dali, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Pop Surrealism, Raphael, Ingres and Norman Rockwell, but also Lucille Ball, Elaine from Seinfeld, Wonder Woman, Elvis Presley, and helicopter rides.

In September 2010, Carollyne launched her new business as a visual artist, and began to remove the mask of technology to emerge as her true self, standing with her hands on her hips, yelling and laughing at the squirrels in her yard.

She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband.

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!

Deborah Czernecky

Deborah is a Vancouver Island born British Columbian. At 18 she decided to see the world and joined the Canadian Forces to pursue this journey. During her 20 years with the military, Deborah traveled extensively across Canada, from West to East, North to South, and to including various parts of Europe. The diverse scenery she encountered in her travels inspired her to become a full time painter. In 1992, having decided to give her all her time to painting, Deborah retired from the Forces, went to art school and became a full time artist.

“Single Red” $900.00 CAD


“Red B” $600.00 CAD

Formal Education –
1997 & 1998 – Ottawa University – Fine Arts
1995 & 1996 – Mission Renaissance School – Old Masters’ Techniques
1992 to 1994 – Fine Arts Diploma, St Lawrence College – Graduated with Distinction

Independent Studies
2000 – University of New Brunswick – Art Educator
1988 & 1989 – Winnipeg Art Gallery – various art courses


Deborah has also been on staff as an Art Instructor at Orleans Visual Art Centre, Art Study Giverny France, Ottawa Continuing Education, Coast Collective Art Centre Victoria.

Memberships –

Coast Collective Art Centre – Vice President
Colwood Art Network – Board Director
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts – Board Member
Ottawa Art Association – President 2004-2006
Ottawa Art Festival – Board Member, 2003-2005
Ottawa Tulip Festival – Art co-chairperson, 2004-05

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.

“E330” Food Colouring $4,400.00 CAD

“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.

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.

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

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.

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