Shayla Dang was born in California, and moved to the University of Washington to pursue her art education in Painting and Drawing. Art has always been Shayla’s way of comfort when facing any type of hardship in life. Prior to university, Shayla self-taught herself how to draw on digital programs through videos from the internet, and never painted on canvas before. During Shayla’s studies, she originally wanted to focus her artwork on the beauty and life origins of flowers. She wasn’t satisfied with just painting flowers, and turned towards her inspirations towards the dark and morbid concepts of her imagination. She focuses more on making the viewer feel attracted to her paintings with pastel colors, yet thrown back based on the scene that’s been set. Shayla’s current work is inspired from her nightmares and the contrast between innocence and morbidness.