by Joy Maloney of JoyfulHandKnits


Vanda Lavar
(aka Artist Vanda)
(and new husband Bill)

and a Giveaway:
One "Pillow Land Puppie" print, your choice
Here is an example...

To enter the Giveaway, visit Vanda's shop. Then come back and COMMENT at the bottom of this Blog about your favorite item in her shop. Please leave a way to contact you, in the event that you are the winner.


I have been an artist for over 25 years. I work in several different mediums: oil, pastel, acrylic, gouache, pencil and conte or probably anything else someone asked me to paint with.

I have a grown son who is on his second tour of duty in the Coast Guard, his name is Benjamin Goodloe. I have 2 dogs and 6 cats.

On August 21st, Dr. William R. Cameron and I were married in an old-west themed ceremony at the notoriously haunted "Hotel Leger," located in Mokelumne Hill, CA. We had an after ceremony ghost hunt, led by Dave Mace of My husband Bill has two children, Samantha Cameron and Dustin Cameron.

My work has been in Target Stores and featured with Sprint Long Distance Network. I have also worked for the Bradford Exchange, the Hamilton Collection and the Danbury Mint. I also have done collectible ornaments for The California Waterfowl Association.

My newest book, Pillow Land Puppies is due to be released at the end of October or beginning of November. I have a studio at 420 Main Street in Placerville, CA.

Here is a recent self portrait (below); I am finishing my Master's in Art at the Academy of Art University San Francisco and it was an assigned piece.

In about two weeks, there will be an interview with me in the Canine Collectables Courier magazine. Here is an excerpt:

"Even before starting Kindergarten, I began studying paintings of my ancestors which hung proudly in my grandmother’s home. I would sit for hours wondering how my long-gone ancestors had accomplished their visual painterly effects. In my naivety, I tried to capture their advanced painting styles with my “Crayolas” thus resulting in a very high degree of frustration. However, I was so stubborn, that I just refused to give up and I kept experimenting; knowing internally that the secrets of “how to paint” would be revealed to me."

How did you get your start on Etsy?

A friend who does quilting told me about Etsy and I visited the site and became very impressed and addicted to all the fun things.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Exercise, artwork, other demands

If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?

The Vatican

What is your favorite Bible verse?

I Corinthians 13:2

and if I have prophecy, and know all the secrets, and all the knowledge, and if I have all the faith, so as to remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.
Young's Literal Translation

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?

My Pillow Land Puppie prints

URLs to where else we can find you on the internet (Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own, own blog, etc)!/group.php?gid=

Using winner of the Anna Boyd Creations Giveaway on September 8th is (............drum roll please............): Steph from Honor Crowned Crafts!! Congratulations Steph! I'll convo you both.

Comments (7)

On September 15, 2010 at 12:39 AM , Graceful Moments said...

My goodness, Vanda, you are a wonderful artist! Beautiful work...very nice to meet you. You and Dr. Bill, look like you stepped right out of the past! What a fun wedding that must have been!

On September 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Wonderful to meet you, Vanda. Great wedding photo. Really fun to see!

On September 15, 2010 at 9:19 AM , ZudaGay said...

So nice to meet you Vanda. Congratulations on your wedding and may you and your Dr. Bill have many wonderful years together. Your work is beautiful and delightful! My favorite is the Great Pyrenees reading a newspaper, she looks just like our late granddog Sasha who was the sweetest most gentle girl.

On September 15, 2010 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous said...

I just love seeing the divine gifts God has given all the CAST members! Wow Vanda is no exception! Stunnning work!

And Hurray I won! Woo hoo! :)<3

On September 15, 2010 at 12:25 PM , MYSAVIOR said...

What a wonderful gift you have, Vanda.
I love each and every one of your paintings,drawings. Your shop is just incredible.


On September 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM , pfd said...

Wow!! Vanda, so nice to meet you and see your wonderful work. Your shop is full of awesome pictures, I just love how you could capture that cute innocent look of the sweet animals!

On September 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM , IM GIRL said...

Nice to meet you and love the wedding photo. You are truly a gifted artist. I love all your work.
I didn't see a mini schnauzer (which I have and adore-he rules our house) but the water dog puppy photo is my favorite and my mom's would be the adorable dachie picture. Your work pulled all my heart strings!