Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
I am a painter, teacher, and author of two books, Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution.
I blend my experience as a professional painter with my background as a yoga instructor, healer, and lifelong truth seeker to offer a unique and holistic approach to the creative process.
I'm honored to share this approach through my intimate in-person workshops, online courses, and books.
I live with my partner, Jonathan, his son, and my dog, Pearl, in Portland, OR. My own collection of paintings can be found in galleries, shops, and printed on unique products around the world.
Tell us a bit about the book?
I will say this is not your average art book! Throughout the book, I weave personal stories with painting exercises and tools for inviting more connection, inspiration, and intuition into everyday life.
The book is divided into three main sections: Body, Mind, and Spirit, and each section offers a variety of ways to approach creativity both on and off the canvas by digging beneath the surface of daily existence, and responding spontaneously to ever-evolving circumstances.
Some of the exercises you'll find are: Claiming a Creative Space, The Movement of Creativity, Intuitive Wandering, Inspiration Archiving, Creating a Personal Altar, and Collaborative Painting.
What was the inspiration behind it?
While there are painting exercises throughout the book, Creative Revolution really focuses on the ways creativity can heal, uplift and ultimately transform the way we move through life, both on and off the canvas.
This book feels like a true culmination of my life’s work, highlighting my own personal transformations, as well as those of my students over the past six years.
Which is your favourite project?
There are many different kinds of exercises in the book, but in terms of painting prompts, I really love the Ninety Degree Exercise which invites you to turn your canvas ninety degrees with each new layer --- a great way to invite more spontaneity and keep you on your toes!
What is your craft space like?
I have a large studio in an old converted warehouse building in central Portland where I hold my workshops and do my own painting. It's filled with light and magic, and I feel super blessed to do my work there.
Have you always been creative?
Yep. I'm definitely one of the people who has always been creative from the time I was very little. Making art out of pretty much anything I could get my hands on was my favorite way of expressing myself as a kid. I went on to get a BFA in painting and drawing and had my first painting show when I was 20.
When did you first start crafting?
My first childhood forays into the world of creating came in the form of watercolors, clay pots made from the clay I dug out of my yard, and seaweed jewelry made from the seaweed I collected from the bay we lived on in Wisconsin.
Who are your crafty heroes?
Some of my favorite painters are Cy Twombly, Susan Rothenburg, Mark Rothko, Anahata Katkin, Alena Hennessy, Squeak Carnwath, and Lynzee Lynx.
Where do you find inspiration?
So much of my inspiration comes from the act of painting without a plan and having to respond in the moment to ever-changing situations. I also find a lot of inspiration in nature, on my daily dog walks around the city and from soaking up other forms of art like music, dance, and poetry.
What's next for you?
There are a couple of things that feel really exciting right now. One is my monthly online offering called The Painting Sessions. Each month I paint a large acrylic painting from start to finish with accompanying voice-over to share more insight into the process.
I'm also really excited to share the Creative Revolution E-course which will be starting in January. This is a seven-week course is all about weaving more creativity into everyday life in simple, innovative ways. There are 21 creative exercises, weekly movement sequences, morning and evening practices and "the art of aliveness" series. We filmed seven amazing students moving through all the exercises together in my studio and the videos are super beautiful and inspiring!
Painting can be so much more than a mere hobby - it can be a vehicle transforming your mind, body, and spirit! Painting and bravely embracing the challenges of creativity sparks a revolution that involves heart, creativity, courage, and trust!Artistic pursuits such as painting have the power to soothe, heal, and connect a person to their truest self. For author Flora Bowley, making art and expressing herself creatively have always served as potent forms of personal evolution and holistic healing. Creative Revolution is the reader's key to unlocking the door to their own personal journey while making beautiful art.Creative Revolution is the culmination of Flora's life's work as an artist, offering guidance for others to embrace their authentic selves through paint. She has taught more than sixty workshops since she wrote her first book, Brave Intuitive Painting, and has witnessed miraculous things when people engage with the intuitive painting process. Creative Revolution is the next best thing to taking a course from Flora. Many readers and students can't help but exclaim, "This was about so much more than painting!" After reading Creative Revolution, readers will have a deeper connection to their intuition, increased confidence to make bolder choices, freedom to let go and explore various options, an understanding that everything is transformable, the trust that it will all work out in the end, and a renewed sense that creating can be fun and playful. All of this powerful transformation begins with paint. Flora has been writing and reflecting on these transformational aspects of the creative process for years. Creative Revolution is an insightful and practical guide for realizing the transformational power of fully embracing your creativity.