Lisa Ward Landsman was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1970. After a stint just outside the technology town of Charlotte, North Carolina, the Wards returned to Tampa in 1979. Her mother's family originally came to Tampa in the 1800s from Spain by way of Cuba and opened a cigar factory, Arango y Arango, and a grocery store in Ybor City, the historic Latin quarter of Tampa.
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 Lisas young life was zoology. She would sit for hours playing with insects. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1996 from Florida Atlantic University. She worked as a wildlife biologist with an SPCA Wildlife Care Center, recorded chimpanzee behavior as part of a project set up by The Jane Goodall Institute, and worked with sawgrass on an Everglades restoration project. During the same time period, she painted masterpiece reproductions, by artists such as Miro, Picasso and Matisse, for an art reproduction company called World Masterpieces.
Lisa's work is in private collections all over the United States. She was published in Coastal Living magazine and chosen to create the artwork for their Apollo Beach Idea House. She is a former core member of the artist collective, Gala Corina, and she is a member of BRAVA, a small collective of women artists in the Tampa Bay area. She continues to indulge her dual career choice by working part time in the Department of Biological Operations at The Florida Aquarium. She was recently chosen to attend a workshop in Rotterdam as a subject matter expert helping to build a global database that promotes sharing of standardized and scientifically collected animal data.
My work is inspired by my love of zoology and entomology, conservation, Pop Art, mid-century modern design, bold color and a desire to create an appreciation for the most unloved of earths beneficial creatures. I am very different from most wildlife artists in that my paintings are not realistic. They are accurate but fantastical, crisp and modern, with bright abstracted backgrounds that only represent an animals habitat, like the stamen of a flower behind a bumblebee. I dont want to make the viewer feel guilty about the decline of our earths species. I want to make them say, What a beautiful creature!" That, to me, is much more effective.
Read more about the artist in a feature article written by Jenny Carey in the September/October 2006 issue of Flair magazine and in the St. Petersburg Times article, Front Porch: Making Art to Fit the Furniture, by Elizabeth Bettendorf, June 4, 2004. See her artwork in the pages of Coastal Living magazine's November/December 2004 issue.