Portuguese History of Art refers Menez as founder, in Portugal, of the tendency of the lyrical and abstract expressionism from French influence. Her works are affirmed by an acute sense of light and color in abstract compositions where vague geometries introduce a plastic rhythm. The influence of Vieira da Silva, remarkable for the generation of Menez, is evident in early works, but also from Bonnard, Matisse and Rothko. Menez adapting to paint the design in monochrome (blue, orange, sepia, for example), as applied to scenes of great theatricality, where the scenery almost disappears. In 1960 and between 1965 and 1969 was received grants from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to develop her research in London.