Hi, I'm Adri! I'm the illustrator and designer behind Layla Rose Designs and I'm so happy you're here! Based in Bloemfontein, South Africa with my husband and a house full of animals, my life has been filled with a series of fortunate and sometimes unfortunate events that led me to finally doing what I've always been passionate about I've been a creative person ever since I can remember, drawing on every surface I could find, even the bottom of my Mom's coffe table. But a career in design wasn't a possibility I ever considered. After school I spent 5 years studying marketing and business management but I felt restless, I was lacking the passion I so badly wanted to feel for my chosen career path. I spent 7 years jumping from one admin job to another, never feeling like I was where I was meant to be. I started selling printable art as a side hobby, creating invitations for friend and family here and there. One day I was contacted by a lady who liked my style and wanted to have a logo made in a similar style - I was hooked!
My mum gave her some Calpol as she said Layla felt warm. She also told me that her teacher had said she had felt unwell from 2. Apparently, Layla then slept up until I got home around 6pm. I was actually more worried about her having convulsions with her temperature being so high, so only left it for half an hour before I checked her temperature again. But then shortly after that she started saying she was hot again, or cold again. He saw the rash and asked whether she had banged herself and I said no, she had been on the bed all night. The doctor asked whether it had been there when the first doctor checked and I said not that I had noticed. Later I found this doctor had challenged the first doctor about the rash who had said yes, it had been there before but that it was nothing to worry about, it was just a bruise.
She creates unique portraits and scenes of everyday life that lie between figuration and abstraction. Rose has always been creative, and was passionate about drawing and painting as a child. Rose feels that society often overlooks the ideas and intentions of the youthful, so paints children with an air of dignity. She is inspired by generational knowledge and wants to capture that knowledge in her subject. Rose has a carefree approach to her paintings, using her intuition and focusing on the colour palette before she begins working with oils. She is interested in allowing her inner child to play in the early stages of a painting to encourage spontaneous mark-making. Rose often incorporates storytelling within her paintings, sometimes using text when appropriate. In her recent work, she has focused on the balance between contemporary figuration and naive abstraction. Layla Rose has exhibited across the UK, and has been included in the final selection of the prestigious Columbia Threadneedle Prize for figurative painting.
Cold approaches on Mormon girls are challenging. What if love is looking someone in the eye and saying, "You're making the biggest mistake of your life. I think doctors have a different perspective of death and loss, because they deal with it so much. You must either really love blue balls, or else she is not a real deal Mormon girl. I am as ambitious as he and he supports that.