Laela, was born into a Brazilian-mix family of singers/musicians, poets & dancers. She is fourth generation of a Scottish clan, Duncan, and was reared in a simple town on the island of Oahu Hawaii.
"Drawing was my first artistic love."
Mostly self-taught, she completed several hours of basic oil and pastel painting lessons (with a hint of chiaroscuro) from an LA-based international visual artist and art teacher, Vibul Wonprasat. 
In January 2017, she was invited by an international New York-based gallery, Conception Global Art Collective, to participate in one of their nationwide juried fine art and photography exhibition in Los Angeles and was asked back in their spring exhibition.
In March, Laela was presented an opportunity to donate a themed-piece (which was very well received) for an organization, Defending the Endangered, a cause she believes and supports, dedicated to protect endangered animals.
Laela's next exciting passion projects will be in the upcoming International (Russian and Turkish) Festivals in Southern California this May.
"I enjoy making a positive connection and an inspirational impact with people through my work.  Everything inspires me and I believe that art is in everything that we do, see, feel and all things stimulating. I then transcend my inspirations in to viable forms capturing the essence of its beauty and mystery with a brush (at times, my fingers), paint, on rough or smooth surface, immense imagination and most of all, with my loving heart."