Prior to founding VivyLand in 2001, Jan Oswald was one of the Rocky Mountain
Region's top advertising photographers, specializing in still life photography for a
variety of clients ranging from Boston Chicken to The Junior League of Denver
(publisher of best selling Colorado Collage cookbook). She won over a hundred
awards in local as well as national competitions.

In 1994 she acquired Vivy and a whole new world opened for her. She took Vivy
everywhere, and observed her unique character, her humor, her cheery disposition,
her courage, and of course her tenacity and stubbornness! She started doing
photographs of Vivy at her studio during those 'slow times' between jobs.

Their first success was card #001 angels , completed in l995 when
Vivy was only a year old. It was a parody of the then ubiquitous Raphael puti painting.

Then came the Gargoyle, "009 because Vivy can look like one, and
Jan had received several gifts of gargoyle statues.

It snowballed from there. And it has been a real labor of love. Jan's intent is to
capture the unique character and personality of the bulldog breed as expressed
through Vivy.

In addition to creating VivyLand images, she exhibits her fine art work in local
and national galleries. She was honored with a solo exhibition at the International
Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in 2001, and has received recognition as
a Kodak sponsored photographer.

In conjunction with Vivy, they received the "Best of Colorado" at the Art Show
at the Dog Show in 1999, a popular dog art venue in Kansas City.

In service to the community, Jan has served as president of the Denver chapter
of the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers). Educated at the
University of California at Berkeley and at Brooks Institute of Photography,
she has taught courses in Advanced Lighting and Photographic Design at the
Art Institute of Colorado, and has given several lectures and workshops on her

She and Vivy reside in Denver, Colorado.

What people say about Jan's work:

To see Jan's artwork, visit her website at

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