Behind the Canvas: Meet our First Tier 3 Artist


Hilary Winfield’s abstract paintings are a vibrant meeting of texture, color, and gesture. Her work has the rare quality of looking aesthetically cohesive ( you can tell that it’s “a Hilary Winfield” if you will), while still remaining visually diverse from one piece to the next. Let’s just say, we’re fans over at Vango- and so are our buyers! Hilary has worked her way into Vango superstardom, having sold 15 paintings on Vango to date, with more flying off her easel every month. We are honored and excited to continue to work with an internationally collected and award winning artist like Hilary. 


Lithosphere 101  (36” x 24”)         

Featured on our new homepage, Hilary joined Vango in October 2013, and has since then grown tremendously right along side us. She has seen the beginning, starting at Tier 1, and through the success of her artwork has recently broken into Tier 3. Just last week Hilary uploaded her (and our) first piece of $1000 art. (Cue celebrations.) “Sunrise 10” is a gorgeous three-panel piece, that imparts a feeling of serenity and tranquility. The colors are rich and perfectly contrasted, making the work fitting for pretty much any place in need of a beautiful statement. A modern living room? check. A rustic cabin? check. 

Her creative process involves “experimenting with various mediums and methods of infusing texture, iridescence and illumination into her work.” Drawing inspiration from the Pacific Northwest specifically, she infuses her work with layers of color and feel from the nature and cities in her corner of the country.

imageSunrise 10 (72” x 36”)

After taking in the hues of Hilary’s expansive triptych, some of her main influences start to reveal themselves even further. “Weather, rusting metal, aging wood, water, dilapidated buildings, peeling paint, stones and rocks” are just a few of the sights Hillary gleans creativity from near her home in Portland, Oregon. And to think we would love rust and old buildings? 

Our love for Hilary is not unrequited- she has many good things to say about Vango. “Vango is a fantastic website with a streamlined interface and I love working with the Vango team! My artwork images really shine on mobile devices using the Vango app and they are always working on exciting new innovations.” We appreciate the kind words, Hilary!

Want to see more? Browse her full portfolio of 20+ works on Vango and follow Hilary Winfield in the Vango app.  Join Hilary and all of our artists in spreading the paint and making the world a more artful place. Let’s get ready to celebrate some new, awesome milestones. Rock on Hilary, keep those brushes painting!


Night Sky 2 (48” x 24”)

Featured Collection: Take me to the Coast

NEW feature alert!

With the advent of our brand new homepage, which can only be described as an art-party on the web, we are able to have some fun and make your art-loving a little easier. 

What you can expect:

You’ll notice some collections of art taking up permanent residence on the homepage, but you will also see a healthy mix-in of specially curated collections hanging around for a limited time only. Latest art and trending art collections will always be up-to-date and available on our website when the Vango app is out of reach (ahem, I’m talking to you droid users). 

As for the limited time collections… well, we’ll let those speak for themselves. Preview this week’s featured work here, then see the full “Take me to the Coast" collection as inspired by sea, sand, and salty air.

imageSan Vito Lo Capo by Jo Cataldo

imageFishing Shack by Janet Glatz

imagePath to the Beach by Linda McCarthy

imageArch Cape by Anna Kodesch

imageMarine Life no. 5 by Jade Kozlowski-Goetz

imageThe Cliff by Angela Treat Lyon

imageTo the Wind by Francis Sweeney

imageSunset Fishing Boat!! by Marvin Tweedy

Love this collection? Stay tuned for more super-features coming soon to the web and Vango app. Until then, don’t wait to start Being Original.

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Vango’s First Birthday: Art and Cupcakes

Go Vango, it’s our birthday, we’re gonna party like it’s our birthday…

It may be our 1st birthday, but we want to share it with you! That’s why we have two pretty sweet treats planned just for the special occasion.


The first tasty treat is quite literal, as in sweet on your tongue, delicious in your belly goodness. We’re talking cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes. We will send you and a friend free cupcake deliciousness when you make a Vango purchase during our birthday celebration days, July 27th-29th! We’re not kidding, people…we never kid about cupcakes. May we suggest having a cupcake viewing party when your new art arrives? Keep it in mind.


The second sweet deal is sweet for your wallet and your walls. Sunday July 27th - Tuesday 29th you can earn $1 in Vango credit for every text message referral that results in a download. It’s a simple rule of $1 for 1 download. So, here’s to rounding up your friends and spreading the original art love.

Usually, you receive $20 when a referred friend buys art, but during birthday days, all you need is a download to earn. Learn how to refer a friend in the Vango app and then send your text referrals as soon as Sunday rolls around.

In the meantime…

Follow Vango’s board #hbdVANGO: Indulge your Sweet Tooth on Pinterest.

Mouth watering yet?

We’re looking forward to many more years of connecting artists and buyers through the shared appreciation of kick-ass original art. Plus, keep an eye out for a BIG surprise later this week (maybe even bigger than our birthday).


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Give $20 Get $20

You love original art. Your friend Mike also loves original art, but his taste is… let’s just call it “retro-cat-chic.” Now with our Give $20 Get $20 program you and Mike can help each other decorate- the best part is you get to choose your own art and don’t have to pretend to like what Mike would choose. 


Step 1: Download Vango from the App Store, if you haven’t already. All the cool kids are doing it.

Step 2: Locate the Give $20 Get $20 tab at the bottom of the menu page. This will bring you to a page which allows you to share this great opportunity via text message, email, twitter, or Facebook.image

Step 3: Invite Mike! And as many other friends as you want. When Mike makes a purchase, he will receive a $20 discount. He can spend this saved money on cat food and tacky sweaters. You will also receive $20 in store credit. image

Step 4: Find the piece of original art that is just right for you! Get $20 off pieces starting at $100. If five of your friends make a purchase you could get a free piece of art!image

Step 5: Enjoy and be original!

Eyes and Art that Tell a Story

It’s often said, “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” There’s a difference, you know, between looking and seeing. 


Here behind the scenes, all of the original works of art that you see both in the Vango app and on Pinterest have danced across our line of vision at one time or another. More often than not, this stirs up in-office “dibs” wars, but on profound occasion, the art begins to form stories and relationships. One piece triggers thoughts of another and brings two seemingly dissimilar works into the same conversation. That’s the beauty of art — certain things just appear to certain eyes.

Take in both “the seers” and “the seen” and stories that have unfurled before us. Their eyes look upon the views around them, but what they truly see is open to your interpretation. The quotations below the coupling are excerpts from one or both of the artist descriptions, which can be viewed by clicking on a piece. Explore the paintings individually, or as a pair. 

    image   image "A girl looking beyond a veil explores…its nuances of concealing and revealing.”

   image    image "Watching them, they daintily yelled BLUE at my brush."

   image    image"I created the art…to show them what they might not already see."

   image    image"The deep rich colors of the sun setting can take my breath away in a moment."

    image   image"The bond between a mother and her child is powerful and should be cherished for a lifetime."

    image   image"Floating just beneath the surface, she forgets the stresses of her long day."

    image   image"…it was made of all of the left over colors after God created the world."

    image   image"In no time she was far upriver."

More often than not, when you fall for a piece of art (and trust us, it happens), it’s because it means something to you, conjures up a memory, or maybe sparks the beginning of a story yet to be completed. Ever met an art-lover who has hung a piece on their wall only to create some sort of elaborate backstory for it? A piece that no one else has seems to always becomes a part of the family and one of the most intriguing aspects of any home.

What does the art say to you? Explore in the app or Pinterest and Be Original with one-of-a-kind art. 

Newbie Starts Her Collection

You may be wondering, who is buying art from Vango these days? Well, meet Payton- she’s young, she’s hip, and she bought her first piece of art with us. Earlier this week we tracked down and sat down with this San Francisco native and asked her what it was like decorating her room with original art, not to mention doing it all through an app. 

Tell us about yourself.

“I am a student at USF, studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a Design Minor. I have always been an art lover and describe myself as “an art student trapped in a business student’s life”.”


Payton browsing the Vango app.

How did you find this piece?

“I was browsing the Vango Pinterest boards and “Float” by YoungJin Choi stood out from everything else. There is something ordinary and simple about it that makes it special. I feel like it’s the kind of piece that has long term meaning, because you never stop interpreting it.”


"Float" by YoungJin Choi ($250)

Why do you like this piece?

“I like how it feels calm, but also on edge. Like floating. It is comfortable, but not settled. It is also somehow reminiscent of my city. It’s not bright, it’s foggy and luminescent, like San Francisco.”

Where do you plan to hang it?

“Above my bed! I am so excited to have this piece of art in my apartment, it’s made by a young artist who is kind of like me.”


We couldn’t help but do a little celebratory dancing after this purchase. A younger city-dweller cracking into the world of original art?…that’s the dream. 

That’s how Payton Vangos! Show us how you Vango: have a buddy take a picture of you using our app (or do it selfie style) and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #iVango.

The Perfect Recipe for your Fourth of July Weekend

Cheers to Independence! The 4th of July is this Friday, giving you a reason to skip out early on Thursday and bask in the highly coveted three-day weekend ahead. We all know there are a few things the fourth isn’t complete without, but we’ve added a little extra something to our to-enjoy list to prolong your Americana celebrations way past Friday. 

Now grab a cold glass of lemonade, throw on your shades, get ready to indulge in this weekend’s recipe (mix as desired).

1 American Flag


Flag Porch, Cranford New Jersey by Bruno Baran

Fly one, wear one, or hang one. This is mandatory.

1 Baseball Game


Country Ball Park 3 by Bill Stewart

It is America’s favorite pass time, after all. Catch a local summer league or make a day of it and go root on your favorite major league team. And if you don’t consider yourself a baseball fan, bring friends, and feel free to combine multiple parts of this recipe to achieve the best result. 

2 Activities


Kite Flying Skinny B by Darlene Kasper

Bike ride, kayak, surf, hike…they’ll all do. Pick a killer combo of two things that’ll keep your day and body moving. We envision pool volleyball with friends and kite flying by the ocean…but that’s just us. 

8 oz. Burger


A Colorful Classic by Megan Doman

…plus all the good stuff on top. Get the barbecue fired up, people. No July 4th weekend is complete without at least two helpings of hotdogs and hamburgers. Yum.



Beer and Cake by Kellie Langewisch

We won’t dictate quantity on this one, that’s up to you. But, drink responsibly…or at least go for an American brew.

2-3 Hours of Waterplay


Long Beach by Mary Ann Hagen

The beach, the lake, your pool. Get in the water (maybe not right after the food and beer)! Cool off, splash around, and be kid for a while. 

3-5 Scoops of Ice Cream


Soft Serve by Amanda Beckham

Indulge a little, would ya? Ok so maybe not all at once, but there’s nothing like ice cream on a summer night, toppings included in the name of America. (pro tip: save at least one trip to the best ice cream spot in town for Sunday) 

1-2 Firework Shows


Submerge by Susan Rodebush

Let’s face it, fireworks are everywhere this time of year. Take advantage and take in a show or two. Not a planner? Just get to high ground and look skyward around 9:30pm…you’re likely to catch some sparks.

To find out more about any of the works above, just click on the image. And to see even more art to inspire your weekend adventures, join our 45k on Pinterest and download the iOS apps for free

Happy 4th of July! 

An Equal and Opposite Reaction to Art Basel

Let’s be clear, this isn’t a review of the past weekend’s Art Basel. If I were to review it, though, here’s what I would say. Multi-millionaires and billionaires bought art from a fraction of artists represented by a sampling of “top” galleries. The ticket prices bordered on offensive, half of the works on view were already pre-sold (“jpeg bombing” the New York Times called it), and the debated “art bubble” that may or may not exist depending on who you talk to, inhaled an absurd volume of art purchases either way.  The 45th fair in Basel, Switzerland certainly showed an onward and upward trend from the uber-rich, as if they had officially cut the sandbags and floated away from earth in their luxury hot hair balloon.


(photo via Art Basel)

So what about those of us with our feet on the ground? Or, as I have been guilty of, the hopefuls that ingest the “art world” reports, results from Basel, blockbuster hammer prices, and then retire that information to a personalized catalogue between “never going to happen” and “screw the art world?” OR, what about those of us who just want some art, damnit. As Basel and Co. further propel the “art world” into another universe, what now?

An equal and opposite reaction.

The top heavy industry is desperate for a counterbalance, an equally powerful force cultivated through an expansive, stable network of emerging artists, aspiring buyers, and art available to a majority rather than an ever-shrinking minority. 

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Know About It: World Cup + Art with Global Vibes

Not sure what’s up with this worldwide soccer/football/futbol frenzy? Well, pay attention. We’ll outfit you with some World Cup knowledge (perfect for throwing into the casual conversations you are currently avoiding) paired with equally impressive works of original art on Vango.image

Once every four years the world’s most popular sport (you can check the numbers) brings humankind together, turning the streets of its designated city into a diverse crowd of fans, foes, fanatics, and friends. This year, in case you’re living under a rock, the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have turned into a mixed up melange of colored jerseys, accents, and mother-tongues, making it seem like if you want to meet people from across the globe…just head to Brazil


photo via The Telegraph

If you’re just catching on to the craze, here are some numbers that speak for themselves. 

years in between World Cup Tournaments

trophies claimed by now-host country Brazil

different winners since the 1930 inaugural year

32 countries represented by their national team

203 teams previously competed to qualify

49 thousand fans per game pack each stadium

715 million spectators watched the 2010 final match

The international energy is palpable, and while we can’t all be basking in Rio for the party, we’ve harnessed the worldwide vibes and translated them into our language of choice: art. 

Here’s where you can pick up some premium knowledge to drop down the road. We’re serving up the top six likely winners of the Cup. So brush up on your soccer, take in incredible new works of art, and get thinking global.

1. Brazil.

"The Feisty One" by Billie Colson (18" x 24") $250


Team Brazil has a few things on their side: arguably the most explosive scorer in the world in Neymar, a crazy-passionate hometown crowd, and a healthy dose of futbol heritage that makes the sport a religion and its players demigods. Wearing green and yellow uniforms (not unlike the parrots above), Brasil is at 3-1 odds to lift the trophy. 

2. Germany.

"Veins of Life" by Eric Siebenthal (24" x 24") $500


The Germans are a powerhouse of European style soccer and enter the competition at around 5-1 odds of hoisting the golden prize. Their first 4-0 win over a strong Portugal squad makes them a formidable opponent for the rest of the way.

3. Argentina

"Blues" by K. Rishay Moehr (30" x 30") $250


Argentina has one huge advantage — Lionel Messi. He’ll go down as one of the best players of all time, especially if he can finally clinch a World Cup for the blue and white clad Argentinians. With 9-2 odds a solid track record, they’ve got a pretty good shot. 

5. Spain.

"Views of Toledo IV" by Jennifer Charboneau (25" x 9.5") $250


It isn’t easy winning a World Cup…and it’s definitely not easy doing it back-to-back. At 7-1 odds Spain is always a favorite to make a run deep into the tournament. They came out victorious in the 2010 WC in South Africa, positioning them as the reigning champs and ones to knock off this time around. Meticulous passing and high-percentage ball possession keeps the fans of Toledo and all across Spain cheering for one more cup.

5. Belgium. 

"No. 2.21" by Mark Mazurczyk (11.5" x 14.5" x 2.5") $250


The Belgians both make a mean waffle and play a strong brand of soccer. A host of European league stars boost their odds to 14-1 and the team is on their way to restoring a national hope to reclaim their dominant status from the 80’s and 90’s. 

6. France. 

"Revolution" by Matt Allen (20" x 16’) $250


Despite a disappointing showing in 2010, the French are back with a clear vision and drive. They’ve got something to prove in Brazil and aren’t going to let old skeletons get the best of them. 22-1 odds say they’ll win, and if their opening 3-0 route of Honduras translates, things are looking up. 

Don’t see your team? Never fear. The odds may be in favor of these six, but that’s not likely to stop anyone. Check out more art with global vibes and repin to show your support.

Follow Vango’s board For Sale: Global Vibes on Pinterest.

Ardent fan, bandwagon supporter, or curious newbie, you’re now equipped for workplace and bar banter for World Cup 2014. Plus, pull up Vango to find the works above or discover your new favorite piece (even during the game). 

Rock Gift Giving this Wedding Season


You heard ‘em, it’s wedding season! 

We’ve broken into June, which means you’ve probably acquired a small mountain of thick-papered wedding invitations from friends and family. If you haven’t, check your mailbox and cross your fingers, because who doesn’t love a reason to celebrate? 

These days, it seems like brides and grooms are going to the greatest of lengths to make sure their wedding is the most unique, innovative, never-seen-before party on the planet, the idea of a one-of-a-kind wedding being priority numero uno. It’s not completely unthinkable that you may be watching the lovely couple say “I do” in front of an massive illuminated oak tree or on the top of a cliffy precipice. The proverbial envelope has been pushed and wedding limits stretched beyond the traditional imagination.


Whatever the case, elaborate or relaxed and simple, these blissful fêtes called weddings always posses an undisputed stamp of originality, a mark left by the personality and style of the soon to be newlyweds.

So, how do you rock gift giving for an event like that?


Meet them half way and keep their day about them starting their own life. Make it personal and make it meaningful. 

Original art fits the bill with staying power as the couple moves into the future, but also as a beautiful visual reminder of where they started. Take it from The Gift Insider and Fox News, who agree that art is a perfect unique gift for newlyweds.  For many, it’s not necessarily something they are comfortable buying, but it is an investment they always seem to want or need (this I know from personal experience). So, an original creation, that captures their spirit, living space, and maybe even lifestyle and hobbies could just top of their new lives together. 

To get the wheels turning we curated some wedding-season suggestions to help you nail down the perfect present. Find our entire collection via Pinterest or go into the Vango app on your iPhone and iPad to get recommendations or find a specific artist and piece.

Follow Vango’s board For Sale: Wedding Season on Pinterest.

Not sure you know just what their “style” is? Opt for a gift card of your choosing and give the new couple a chance to spend time together discovering new art and starting their collection. Simply set the price and send a personal message with your warm wishes.


Plus, if you’re in that stage when seemingly everyone is tying the knot, to the point where both the novelty of wedding weekends and the soles of your dancing shoes have worn off, finally having a reason to be excited about gift giving might prove surprisingly refreshing. 

Start discovering art now to match the happy couple and keep their wedding day unique.