Lila Bramma was born to a loving family and raised predominantly by her grandmother in the city of Rasht, on the Caspian Coast of Iran. Since her earliest years, Lila was fascinated by concepts involving universal connectedness and was naturally drawn to the arts. Her grandmother turned her on to the intoxicating words of Hafez and Rumi, and as a young child she brought those stories to life in her paintings. Her Persian name means “paradise,” a fitting association with her current work that serve as internal portraits of dreamy, atmospheric, transcendental spaces. Layered colors reveal the voice of an emerging abstractionist, portraying texture and tones that mimic the journey of nature’s wonderment. Her interpreted landscapes show an increasingly sophisticated sensibility for the ways in which forms and space interact from a spiritualist stance. Lila lives in Laguna Beach, California and has been instructing students in drawing and design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising since 2000. She also volunteers in her community, sharing her knowledge and joy of spirituality and meditation in open courses.