Lila studied studio art at Parsons School of Design and got her BFA from The New School in 1973, where she had the opportunity to study with many talented artists, including William Clutz and Pat Steir. After graduating, she moved to Woodstock, New York with the plan to pursue art. Soon after, she met her husband, Norman Bacon, and joined him in his flourishing pottery business. She helped develop an innovative series of pottery based in hand painting, thus beginning a lifelong collaboration.
Lila studied with noted teacher and artist Nicholas Buhalis, who had the uncanny ability to give her more tools of the trade and the confidence to keep creating. In 1981, he sponsored a show of her work at the Buhalis Gallery in Kingston, New York. That same year, Lila and Norman opened Sweetheart Gallery in Woodstock, New York, devoted primarily to fine American arts and crafts. This space has provided a venue for her work as well.
Lila has had solo shows at Lifebridge Sanctuary, Oriole 9, New World, and has been a part of group exhibitions at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. She was also part of a three-person show at the Woodstock Artists Association and, twice, was the featured artist for the Woodstock Guild of Craftsman Gallery. She was the recipient of the Harriet Tannin Award, which was given to the best in show at WAAM (Woodstock Artist Association and Museum).
Lila's work has been featured in The New York Times, House and Garden magazine, and the Kingston Freeman Newspaper. Most recently, she was admitted to the Orange County Artists Guild in North Carolina.