Flora Bowley (pronounced bowl-lee) is an internationally celebrated painter, workshop facilitator, top-selling author and inspirationalist. Her soulful, visionary approach to painting and living has inspired thousands of people across the globe to “let go, be bold and unfold.” Flora helps them move through fear and welcome brave, intuitive expression back into their creative process.

Combining more than 20 years of professional painting experience with a background as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, truth seeker and creative entrepreneur, Flora infuses her teaching and painting style with a deep connection to body, mind and spirit.

This unique, heartfelt fusion offers a powerful, hands-on experience where painting becomes a vehicle to personal transformation, self-love, and radical self expression — where potent life lessons are revealed along the way.

Flora’s vibrant original paintings are sold in several galleries throughout the United States, and her licensed product lines and prints are available worldwide. Flora’s book, Brave Intuitive Painting, was released in May 2012, and it has sold over 40,000 copies. Her five-week, Bloom True E-course has changed the way thousands of people paint across the globe.

By sharing her unique philosophies and passionately following her heart, Flora has started an unmistakable movement in the intuitive art world. Her second book, Creative Revolution, is due out in 2016.

Flora lives with her boyfriend and spirit dog, Pearl, in a colorful community of fellow artists in Portland, Oregon.


♦ To give permission to wildly and truthfully create.

♦ To invite others to embrace the mystery … to trust, allow and release.

♦ To share my artistic approach with clarity, generousity, compassion and authenticity.

♦ To experience the creative process as a crucial part of my holistic well-being.

♦ To remind everyone in my life: You are infinitely creative.


For the storybook version, please head over to my Journey page


Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1974.

Raised by dynamic, free-thinking YMCA directors who gave me plenty of space to roam and encouragement to follow my big little heart.

First words were, “I do-ey.”

Precariously bridged the “athlete” and “art geek” worlds in high school.

High-tailed it to Italy as an exchange student at 16.

Moved west the minute I turned 18.

Found my tribe among artists, activists, musicians and healers.

Studied art at almost all the colleges in Colorado, with occasional dropouts to study snowboarding.

Hiked hundreds of miles in the Rocky Mountains.

Fell in love. Fell out of love. Repeat.

Sold my first paintings in a coffee shop, and decided to become a full-time painter.

Got rejected from all three MFA programs I applied to.

Decided to paint in my bedroom instead.

Moved to Seattle.

Became a yoga instructor, massage therapist and self-help junkie.

Traveled the world on a shoestring many times over.

Created hundreds of paintings and sold them in cafés, coffee shops, art fairs, galleries and out of the back of my car.

Lived in a van, a tent, my art studio and a storage unit.

Volunteered for six months in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, while living in another tent.


Went to Burning Man seven years in a row.

Changed my name and started loving myself more.

Moved to Portland.

Realized that being a full-time artist was not my dream job after all.

Taught my first workshop, taught many more workshops around the world, wrote a book, created the Bloom True E-course and discovered my actual dream job.

Fell in love with a man and a dog.

Decided not to travel so much.

Lost my beloved mama to a seven-week battle with cancer.

Started writing another book and created Studio Diaries.

Launched this amazing website.