Layla studied Art and Design between 2004 and 2007 at the University of Worcester and later obtained an MA in Visual Communication from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in 2010. While studying she worked as a graphic designer from 2008 until 2012 at 3dtotal.com, which is one of the premier CG art websites in the world. Apart from being a graphic designer, she has worked as a piano teacher and a translator from English to Farsi. She has translated a few books in art and music, as well as regular articles for a music magazine – The Art of Music – which is published monthly in Iran.
After having her son, she has been a full time mother and artist. She has a small studio at home where she creates all her prints and paintings. Although most of her work is based on imagination and emotion, reality is always a starting point for her. She believes her work is an emotional response to the people she meets, places she visits and the stories and poems she reads.
As she walks about, she normally carries a small sketchbook and a camera to record ideas, drawings and references. She then takes them to the studio and develops the ideas and images into paintings or prints. She use oil, acrylic and mixed media for the paintings and for printmaking she mainly works on linoleum. She also does etching, dry-point, collagraph and lithography from time to time.