The name ‘The House of Ugly Fish’ has an unusual origin and comes from when Lisa was a freelance artist. Her family often teased her that she was like Toad of Toad Hall, she’d start something full of enthusiasm only to decide she didn’t like it and give up not long after.
Lisa decided that to keep her focused on her new career she would paint under the name Lisa Villarospo which was the nearest she could get to ‘Toad of Toad Hall’ in Italian. One day Lisa’s godfather asked “Why have you called yourself The House of Ugly Fish?” Lisa replied that she didn’t know that she had.
It turns out that the Italian word ‘rospo’ means both ugly fish and toad. The conversation stuck with Lisa and thanks to her godfather ‘The House of Ugly Fish’ was conceived.