Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayla Rose.
Hi Ayla, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Growing up in a small Amish town, I was raised in a quiet and simple environment. However, as a child, I was diagnosed with autism and ADHD. At the time, there was a lack of understanding about what these diagnoses meant for young girls and how to meet their needs. As a result, I didn’t receive the care I needed and eventually, the diagnosis was taken away from me. I was blamed for my “weird” ways, which were just creative and hands-on ways of learning.
The school didn’t teach me in the way I needed, so I had to discover my learning methods. I developed a passion for creative activities and began drawing as a serious hobby when I was 13. Both my mother and great-grandfather Ralph Himmelberger, a painter in New Jersey, were talented artists, so I knew I had artistic genes. By the end of high school, I had filled several binders with my artwork.
As I left home to start my own life, drawing took a back seat and I didn’t create much. In my early 20s, I created a rough draft art collection based on a story called “The Sun and Moon into Infinity.” In my mid-20s, I found myself in a situation where I had no home or friends and decided to travel. My travels took me from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA, and then on to several Rainbow Gatherings across the country.
During this time, I added color to my “Sun and Moon into Infinity” collection, which was later completed and is currently being digitally remastered. I also began leatherworking, making, and selling various items at local farmers’ markets and fairs to get by. Eventually, I picked up painting and started live painting at festivals in California and Oregon. I displayed my work in a few shops and galleries in California.
My travels in my 20s have been a major source of inspiration for what I have created and am currently working on. I decided to go live paint at a festival in Guatemala and headed down by a car. Once there, I was stranded for several months after being robbed of all my money. I managed to get by selling the work I created.
When I finally returned to my home base in Mount Shasta, CA, I met my partner and we had a child when I was 30. That year, there were major wildfires in California, so we left to stay with family and eventually moved to Longmont, CO, finally settled and was ready to take all I learned and made it into something progressive to support my family, this is where I started my art business, Mama Fox Source.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been many challenges and difficulties in my life. I was diagnosed with ADHD but later had the diagnosis removed and did not receive the help I needed in school. My mother did not understand me and caused me to have mental and emotional trauma and PTSD. I have also struggled with depression and anxiety, and have had chronic pain that doctors have not been able to identify. I have been in toxic relationships that have left me with PTSD and trauma. Among the difficulties I lost both my ADHD and autism diagnosis. I’ve had to learn to understand myself since then because it’s different than what others believe I should be.
Financial problems have often left me homeless and without a car during my travels and at other times, and I have lost homes due to sudden disasters such as mold infestations, toxic fumes, and wildfires. All of these experiences have been difficult and have had a significant impact on my life. I have overcome all of these obstacles to be where I am today.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I currently specialize in digital artwork and am exploring the intersection of digital art and AI. In addition to digital art, I am skilled in leatherworking, particularly in creating leather and crystal crowns. I also have experience as a painter, focusing on acrylic on canvas. I also work with creating visionary art and messages that invoke a connection to one’s divinity as a multidimensional cosmic being of source consciousness.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I had a mentor who I met through a program I was involved in. She helped me build my website and taught me how to work with clients. I have also used social media to network and have learned valuable tips and tricks from observing and interacting with other artists.
- Custom logo and sticker creations start at $111
- Digital artwork prints are $22-$33
- Original paintings are $444-$1111
- Copyrights to produce images for profit use $10,000
- Leather crystal crowns are $111-$777
- Website: https://mamafoxsource.wixsite.com/mamafoxsource
- Instagram: (@mamafoxsource) https://www.instagram.com/mamafoxsource/
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mamafoxsource
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MamaFoxSourcNFT
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@mamafoxsource