*Lady Table

L. L. V a n d i   D e s i g n s
Bold & Fun
Creating one-of-a-kind painted furniture in bold colors and designs!
Once Upon a Time in America child's chair photo
*Once Upon a Time
in America

The Process
• Old furniture or
• Custom furniture
• Acrylic paint and
• Duramax clear coat
• "Found" pieces
• Inspired themes:    
   & More



As an artist, my challenges come from transforming ordinary inanimate objects into intriguing, colorful, eclectic pieces of art. I draw inspiration from the simplicity of nature's color and form, the function of skilled craftsmanship, and the complexity of high design.



News & Shows

Juried Shows

Bucktown Center for the Arts, Venus Envy (see center column)
MidCoast Fine Arts
Art Under Glass &Window Walks

Q.C. Arts Gallery Show
Featured in Made In Illinois artisans book by the State of Illinois
"An Artful Affair"
WVIK Charity Auction

"Wheels As Art"
Art car show,
Art car show,
Cedar Rapids
Studio K, Moline, Il.
Indoor Fine Arts Fair, Davenport Museum of Art
Broadway Street Fair, Chicago
Wells Street Art Fair, Chicago
Accent Studios, Chicago
Mississippi Valley Welcome Center, Two-artist show, LeClaire

Click here for back of violin.

Bookmark this site for updates!

Venus Envy/All Women's Art Festival: Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 from 6pm-11pm, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Second Strreet in Downtown Davenport.
I have 3 pieces in this show and will also be doing the marketplace and selling my art.

Grapevine Art Party: June 2009, Quad City Arts, includes local artists.

  • "The decorative and functional art of Lisa Mahar explodes with color and dazzles with design. Castoff furniture and leftover bits and pieces (think shoes, buttons, tiles, and beads) are transformed by the riotous imagination and diligent paintbrush of Ms. Mahar. Her subject matter is as varied as her paint pallet. Snorting, cavorting dragons and dreaming aboriginal inspired alligators can stand side-by-side with a table full of angels and devils interlocked forever in a riot of paint." Source: Quad City Arts Arts News, (Apr/May/Jun 2004)

  • "I am a self-taught artist who paints eclectic, whimsical furniture. The colors and designs I use are bursting with brilliant hues and intriguing themes. My art has a sense of humor and elements of surprise. Painting a violin for the Symphony's 90th anniversary celebration is quite an honor. The flowing sensual shape of the violin inspired my decision to paint women with a mystical and ethereal sense about them." Click violin image at right to enlarge.
    Symphony in Bloom webpage

Lisa's art puts the "FUN"
into FUNctional.

Prices of Works:

$125 - $1000


Inquiries? Contact Lisa Mahar at mahars@mchsi.com or (309) 786-4397


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© Lisa Mahar, 2002-2009

"The Beast from Within"   Lisa's old truck took on new life with reproductions of the masters.