Laila Kujala grew up in Finland surrounded by beautiful nature. The forest was her favorite place to play as a child, and sticks, leaves, sand etc. were her favorite toys. She loved the different seasons: the mud in the spring, flowers and leaves in the summer, the wonderful colors of the fall and snow in the winter. Later on Laila found nature a peaceful place to go on walks and contemplate life. On one of these walks she had her first spiritual experience - a beautiful and strong feeling of oneness with the universe. Now both nature and the spiritual side of life are the inspirations for Laila’s art, which is positive, uplifting, comforting, and promotes peace and conservation of our Mother Earth. Laila likes to experiment in different media. Currently she creates paintings with colored pencils, acrylic inks, and gold on live edge wood. She loves the uneven edge, the grain and all the imperfections on the surface of her wood “canvases.” These elements inspire her and she tries to incorporate them in her paintings as much as possible. The gold in her paintings represents universal love, the invisible world and the life force that unites all life. Laila studied art at the Art Students League of New York in NYC with several amazing artists; drawing with Gustav Rehberger and Robert Hale, print making with Seong Moy and painting with Richard Goetz and David Leffel. You can also see my work at https://www.instagram.com/lailakujala/
Laila's ArtPrize Entries
These are Laila's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Laila's Past Work
These are images of past work that Laila has done.