Meet Three Artists with Stories To Tell

We’ve launched 5.0 and introduced you to some of the funky new collections we’ve put together (yes, you can search for art based on your mood), but now’s the time to dig a little deeper. At the very root of all of Vango’s thinking, doing, and well, sheer existence, is the the community of wildly diverse, creatively bold, and shockingly refreshing artists. Trust us, they’re more interesting than we could ever be. Take Dania, Kanayo, and Shelli for example — three emerging artists behind some of the pieces in our new collections. You may recognize the art, now put a face and more importantly a story behind each creation.

Click on each artist to hear about their beginnings in art and click on each piece to find out more behind how it came to be. And remember, to access the collections, download the Vango app or update to v.5.0!


imageDarth Pack (30” x 24”), acrylic, $250. Seen in ‘Man Cave.’


imageRed Trees (36” x 24”), oil, $250. Seen in ‘Autumn Hues.’ 


imageSailing Near Shore (8” x 10”), acrylic/mixed media, $250. Seen in ‘Calm, Cool & Collected.’

Find a story you relate to? Stay connected and follow your favorite artists in the Vango app. You’ll see when they upload new pieces to their portfolio and start trending all in your instagram-like newsfeed.

Keep supporting our artists and fill your space with original art. 


That Time We Went to Santa Cruz

You may or may not be tracking our travels, but to catch you up to speed, we’ve hit Vacaville, CA, “some backwoods town,” VA (the official response I got when I asked), and most recently Santa Cruz, CA. Don’t get us wrong, we love our office — we have a talking monkey-speaker (this is a real thing and his name is Mango), some captain-hook regalia that spawned from an in-office joke, and plenty of space to crank out new ideas on the reg. But, like many people whose minds are a constant fireworks show of exploding to-do’s and should-have-done’s, we find it helpful to take a step back, breath, and look at the bigger picture once in a while. In our case, the big picture is this thing called Vango, which we hope you’re familiar with. So, to reference his majesty Lebron James, last Wednesday, we “took our talents” to Santa Cruz, where we geared up for the last few months of the year.

There are a few things in this world that we take very seriously, as indicated by their recurrence in the following stream of images. Coffee, post-its, the beach, having fun, and brainstorming all the wildest ideas that just might be crazy enough to work. To see all of our shenanigans, check out the facebook album. 

The Coffee. Verve Coffee Roasters.


Vango fully endorses Verve and their delicious coffee…and also suggests that you drink it by the water for best results.

The Post-Its. 


Each white page represented a topic, each post-it was an idea. As you can see, we will never face an idea-shortage crisis. 

The Beach. Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, CA.


These views were 0.2 mi from our lodging…and made us think seriously about relocating full time.

The Team. image

Celebratory champagne was in order when Vango reached the top page of the app store under Best New Apps.

It’s safe to say that we’ve got plenty on our plate for the months ahead of us and we could not be more grateful for that! Thanks for all the feedback, love, and shout-outs from both our artists and buyers. It helped fuel an insane amount of innovation and big thinking that we can’t wait to package into awesome updates and changes to make your lives (and ours) a lot more artful.

Have you met FIVE?


That’s right, v5.0 is here and it’s something akin to the sweet nectar of the app gods. So it’s safe to say if you’re looking for original art, you’ve found the right place to begin your search. Whatever you need to help you be original, we’ve got you covered from the moment you open the app. Our new, sleek layout is even more beautiful that its last look, yet it still maintains its core features, like its visualization technology and recommendation algorithm, which has made it one of the most exciting ways to buy art today. For those of you who have been with us for some time now, you may not even recognize us (in a good/great way), and for the newbies…your world is about to get rocked.
Let us explain…
We’ve channeled our friends over at Spotify and Beats (thanks, Dr. Dre) and now enable you to find art in an unconventional, accessible, and well why don’t we just say it, badass ways. Money conscious? Search by price. Decorating your kitchen? Find art by room. Want to capture a certain ‘vibe’? Check out our thematic ‘Art by Mood’ collections. This version is changing the game so that searching for art is less of a process and more of a pleasure. 

“We are constantly exploring ways to bring art to those unfamiliar with the art world, and the meaning of genre, medium, and movement. We wanted to give users more ways to discover art that they could relate to,” says CEO Ethan Appleby. 

What to expect…
You’ll dive into the fresh, bold, easy-navigation home screen. You can keep track of your favorite artists better than ever with our ‘instagram-esque’ newsfeed and iOS 8 interactive notifications, which let you know when they upload new work while also letting you share and favorite right from the notification. And now, artwork that is ‘Trending’ and ‘New’ are highlighted with bright badge identifiers.
Plus, we showed the iPad extra love this time ‘round…and let’s just say, the love paid off.  In addition to all of the awesomeness above, we’ve done away with the bulky info bar and added the ability to swipe and browse in detail view (FINALLY!), navigate to artist portfolios with one tap, and share to friends, family, and roommates from one easy-to-use screen.
We’ll leave the rest for you to discover — and trust us, there’s more tucked into this beautiful build. So be sure to update to v5.0 today.
The time is now. Rip down your posters and hoist the scraps skyward as you tilt your head toward the light and celebrate the fact that being original and having real art on your wall, does in fact come easy.

5 Tips to Successfully Sell your Art Online

We called in the big guns for this one. The Vango team (or part of us at least) virtually sat down with guests Cory Huff from The Abundant Artist and artist Elliott C. Nathan to discuss tips, tricks, trials, and tribulations associated with selling art online. It’s not an easy area to traverse, so we figured we’d better cover all the bases. Cory, who joined us from Paris (sigh), has spent his career coaching artists and teaching them the ins and outs of marketing their work and Elliott is a successful and savvy bay-area artist. 

Just a heads up - there’s some real gold in here. For example…

  • Learn how to smartly convey your story as a creator
  • Discover which social media platform(s) is best for you
  • Find out who the heck your audience is (and how to find them)
  • Hear about the nuances and trouble with pricing
  • Get familiar with email lists and how to manage them

Watch, listen, and ask us questions if you have any!

Behind the Canvas with Linda Bailey

Look out, best-selling artist Linda Bailey has a new studio and she’s not afraid to use it. Her portfolio consists of vibrant, textured abstracts that deftly walk the line between light & airy and strong & geometric, and she’s currently experimenting with new techniques. Keep an eye out for her latest work and read more to find out where all of the creativity comes from.

Vango: When did you begin painting?

LB: I began painting when I was about 13. I loved color and was intrigued by the way paint looked when being poured and mixed. I remember getting poster boards from the 7-Eleven store and poster paints and just pouring them together - swirling, mixing, dripping. I hung those poster boards in my bed room and loved the way they made me feel - they were a visual statement of me. I loved that.

V: What inspires you to paint?

LB:  It can be as something as simple as a design in someone’s clothing - my coworkers will tell you that I may stop them in the hall to take an iphone pic of the pattern on their shirt or skirt. They are used to it by now! I am also inspired by light - shimmering light on damp plants in the morning, the light on water, sunrises and sunsets.  It doesn’t mean that I want to paint those exact images, I just want to paint - light makes me feel energized to paint. But above and beyond everything else, music inspires me to paint. Most of the time it is a phrase or even the title of a song that will inspire me to paint. Glimpse of Your Splendor is a good example of that.


Glimpse of Your Splendor, SOLD.

V: How would you describe your style?
LB: Abstract, contemporary and modern. I have two favorite techniques - highly textured abstracts (Party on the Patio) and my newest technique which I think of as flowing air (Before the Beginning).
V: What do you hope viewers see in your work?
LB: I hope viewers see something new and different. I think it would be easy to recapture the same style and techniques as a lot of other artists. It’s important to me to be challenged by creating my own technique and style and have viewers think, ‘wow, I’ve never seen anything like that before!” My husband recently built me an art studio - I’ve been in it about a month - so it’s easier than ever to experiment in search of new and different ways to paint. Never stop learning. Never stop growing.
Can’t get enough? Visit Linda’s complete Vango portfolio to see more.  

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.

Shop the collection nowDownload the app. Join us on Facebook.

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.