The Bumbleshack Tiny Farm & Studio

a tiny house, art studio, aspiring orchard, food forest and certified wildlife habitat in the mountains of western North Carolina

About the Artist

Lisa Ward aka The OG Bug Lady

“My artwork is inspired by my love of animals, nature, conservation, the Pop Art movement, mid-century modern design, bold color and a desire to create an appreciation for the most unloved of earth’s beneficial creatures. I want to make people say, ‘What a beautiful creature!’ and gain an interest, and hopefully, an appreciation for a critter they have never considered.”

Lisa showed an interest in the visual arts at a very young age, and her parents encouraged this by enrolling her in various coursework in art technique throughout her life. An equally important love in Lisa’s young life was zoology. She would sit for hours in the yard observing insects. She attended Florida State University, and later transferred to Florida Atlantic University and earned a degree in biology. Since then, she has worked as a wildlife biologist, animal registrar, recorded chimpanzee behavior as part of a project set up by The Jane Goodall Institute and worked in animal rescue.

Lisa’s artwork appears in private collections internationally. She is published in Coastal Living magazine, and her artwork was chosen to decorate their Apollo Beach, Florida, Idea House. She served on the board of Gala Corina, a non-profit arts organization in Tampa, Florida, and produced an annual art show with a roster of more than 100 artists and 5,000 patrons on opening night. She was a top 3 finalist in the category of Best Local Visual Artist for Creative Loafing magazine’s 2008 Best of the Bay awards. One of her pieces was chosen by the Westshore Alliance Public Art Committee in Tampa, Florida for their 2007 banner program and was on display in the Westshore district of Tampa during the Spring of 2007. Her artwork was also featured in a video commissioned by the Tampa Chamber of Commerce to promote the city nationally called Creative City. She earned the nickname “the bug lady” because she created an entire art exhibit, including a functioning 6 foot tall can of Raid, on the conservation of beneficial insects.

Lisa “retired” from the Department of Biological Operations at The Florida Aquarium as the Animal Registrar back in 2012 to stay home with her youngest daughter and be a full time artist. While working there, she was chosen and fully sponsored by AZA, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, to attend a workshop in Rotterdam as one of 40 subject matter experts from all over the world. Their purpose was to build a global database that promotes sharing of standardized and scientifically collected animal data.

Three of Lisa’s pieces from her bug series were featured on Seasons 3 and 4 of the NBC television show, Parenthood.

She donates a percentage of her sales to various animal shelters, rescue and wildlife organizations.

Please visit Lisa’s Media page for more media coverage, shows and events.

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