Our Founder, Maestra Shiloh Sophia
About the Founder of the Color of Woman School, Shiloh Sophia McCloud
Shiloh Sophia McCloud has been teaching art as a path of healing, for over twenty years. As the founder of the Intentional Creativity Movement, Shiloh has led thousands of women towards healing using the Color of Woman Method of painting.
She has owned and operated art galleries since the age of 25 and has sold over $2M of her own original work and for over ten years was in the top 4% of grossing artists in the United States.
Shiloh co-founded Cosmic Cowgirls, LLC a woman and girl owned university and magazine with over 200 members. She also runs a wholesale printing and publishing company that offers more than 100 products featuring positive feminine imagery and original poetry. She has published 7 books and her work has been featured on more than 15 magazine and book covers, including the cover of famed author, Alice Walker’s, “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing”.
In 2013, Shiloh spoke at the United Nations at the “57th Council on the Status of Women”, as part of a panel demonstrating how women’s work in the arts is an effective tool for post-trauma healing. As part of her presentation, she shared the work of over 40 women artists from around the world that are a part of the Red Thread Nation. Shiloh was also awarded a procclamation from the City of Healdsburg, California – home of the Cosmic Cowgirls University Campus, honoring her work with women and girls worldwide. Her recent article discussing” Intentional Creativity” was featured in a leading, online women’s magazine, “WNN, Women News Network”. Her writings, poetry and paintings, are featured regularly in the Women’s United Nations Report Network, demonstrating the power of image and word to uplift people during hard times. Additionally, she has won countless awards and received recognition for her positive work in the world with women and girls.
Shiloh’s primary work focuses on lifting up women as leaders and teachers, mentoring those who long to bring both creativity and an element of the feminine into their own life work. Shiloh has taught art as a sacred practice at the University level at CIIS, New College, Sofia University; formerly, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and in the Global PhD Program. Her work with Cosmic Cowgirls University reaches over 300 women per month with their creative courses both online, in person and live-streamed. Her signature course, Color of Woman Teacher Training has trained over 80 women who are working worldwide to offer classes and healing modalities to others.
Shiloh credits two primary mentors in her work – her mother, Caron McCloud the poet, who taught Shiloh about “how to think her own thoughts” and brought her image with word. And Sue Hoya Sellars, her painting mentor who guided her to create her work with intention from the time she was a little girl working in both mentor’s studios.
At the core of Shiloh’s work is a belief that the right to self-express is one of the most basic human rights. She is deeply dedicated to the Intentional Creativity Movement which promotes healing through the creative arts. Her overarching vision is to transform the way that women and children are viewed and treated in the world, particularly how they are portrayed and influenced by the media. She believes if a “shift” in how women are valued and honored can happen, then the whole world will change.
She considers life a great adventure and her life long vision is to empower all women and girls worldwide through a revolution of image and word.
Curriculum Vitae & Creative Projects
Artist. Publisher. Teacher. Poet. Entrepreneur.
- 2012 – Now Shiloh Sophia Gallery, Healdsburg California
- 2008-2010 Electric Rose Gallery, Healdsburg, California
- 2004-2010 Wisdom House Gallery, Mendocino, California
- 1999-2004 Color of Woman Gallery, California, Washington, Colorado
- Revenues of over 2.5 million dollars of art, prints, books, cards
- Artwork and wholesale product line represented in 300 stores/galleries
Co-Creations and Projects Founded
- 2000 Flaming Heart Publishing, founded wholesale publishing company with over 100 product styles including prints, fine art prints, cards and journals
- 2003 Founded Cosmic Cowgirls, LLC with 25 founding Mamas – a woman and girl owned membership organization focusing on education, publishing, e-learning, events
- 2004 Holy Counsel of Women – Ministry, First Congregational Church of Oakland
- Represented, marketed, coached and launched hundreds of women artists and exhibits
- 2004 Holy Counsel of Women – Ministry, First Congregational Church of Oakland
- 1994 Founded Color of Woman Gallery and School
- 2013 Founded Red Thread Nation (501c3 pending)
Art Alliance Projects:
Formed project alliances and events with women/children centered non-profits including: La Casa de las Madres, America’s Angel, Glide Memorial Church, Women Defending Ourselves and Parsa (Organization working with widows and children in Afghanistan), First Congregational Church of Oakland, The Women’s Recovery Association, Marin Abused Womens Service, YWCA of Sonoma County, Native Women’s Wellness Circles, Tribal Taniff of Bakersfield, Daughters of Tradition, Delores Huerta Foundation, Belladonna Sanctuary, Mendocino Environmental Center, Bay Area Business Women, Girls Inc., International Museum of Women, Women’s United Nations Network, Women’s Initiative, San Francisco Women’s Building, National Organization of Women, Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation
Art Showings and Projects
- Participated in over 100 juried shows at galleries and art exhibits across U.S.
- Produced, marketed and exhibited at over 75 art, music and educational events, concerts, exhibits, schools, conferences and women’s circles.
- The Virgin Show – Galleria Tonantzin Guest artist for the 2004, 11th Annual Virgin Art Show, San Juan Bautista, Ca
- “Sacred Body Sacred Woman”, New College of California MA exhibition, Berkeley, Ca
- “Angels, Women & Heroes”, First Congregational Church, 6 month exhibit Oakland, Ca
- “Center for Attitudinal Healing” – Marianne Williamson event exhibition, Oakland, Ca
- “Dancing With The Tree of Life”, Belladonna Sanctuary, Berkeley, CA, 3 years
- “Praises for the World” with musician Jennifer Berezan, 2 years, Oakland, Ca
- “Source of Empowerment” California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, Ca
- “Violence Against Women ” Northern California Women’s Caucus
- Nexus Gallery Berkeley, CA and California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco
- Celebration of Craftswomen – Exhibitor 5 years, San Francisco Women’s Building
- DONA – Doulas of North America Art exhibitor in annual conferences
- “Glide’s Wall of Peace” Commissioned by to provide a “platform for creative response” to the war. Hundreds from Glide Memorial participated custom six-piece mural.
- “The Healing” Developed V-Day theme marketing and product line for fund-raising events for domestic violence shelters, Los Angeles ,California
- Women Defending Ourselves –“Wonder of Women” campaign, Oakland, Ca
- Produced three events for Alice Walker including: Hard Time Require Furious Dancing
Teaching Experience and Curriculum
- Class instruction in watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing, sumi calligraphy, journaling, design, project and program development, marketing, creating your artistic identity through one-on-one classes, group workshops, weekend retreats, online courses
- Faith & Feminism Conference, Wisdom’s Urgent Cry – Presenter/Teacher
- First Congregational Church of Oakland, CASpeaker series, 3 years
- New College of California, Women’s Spirituality Department, MA Program New College of California, Creative Inquiry, MFA Program, Teacher 4 years
- Sofia University, formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, Teacher – MA program 3 years
- Mountain Song Montessori schools, Mendocino, CA – teaching art to children – 4 years
- Books and curriculum used at Pine Grove Treatment Center for women, Hattiesburg, MI
- Book and curriculum approved in 2008 for Toledo Hospital Cancer Recovery Program
- New College of California MFA Creative Inquiry Program – Teacher, MFA
- Curriculum Development Tribal Taniff, Native Women’s Wellness Circles,
- Provided counseling and pastoral services for over ten years to women and teenage girls
- Self-expression through, after school program for Sonoma High School
- Circle of Compassion – One year long teen Girl’s Rights of Passage, Mendocino County,
- 2002 “Ecstasy of Sound” co-produced workshop with Jennifer Berezan
- 2000 “Journaling the Soul” with Rose Offner, Journal to the Soul at Readers Bookstore
- 2003 “Transformation of the Sole” workshop with La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco,
- 2002 “Mother-Daughter Workshop” Women to Women Institute, Sonoma, Ca
- 2003 “Palace of The Soul” – Summer for Girls with Artist Elizabeth Gibbons
- 2009 Collaborated with Mary MacDonald and Sue Sellars on e-learning university.
- Trained advocate for victims of domestic violence & sexual assault, Port Townsend, Wa
- Partnerships in Parenting Course for foster kids, Santa Rosa, CA
Independently published five illustrated journals for women’s creative development. They are featured in 90% of the women’s bookstores in the United States;
- She Moves To Her Own Rhythm – A Guided Exploration
- Heart Wings – A Book About Real Friendship
- She Dances Between The Worlds – Exploring the Language of the Heart
- Her Evolution – Women’s workbook for personal transformation
- Heart of the Visionary – A Workbook for Entrepreneurial Women
- The Caring One –
- Mending Invisible Wings Journal
Artist Shiloh Sophia McCloud who was born in Marin County, California in 1970. Shiloh started painting and working in clay as soon as she could walk. At an early age Shiloh was trained by her mother, the poet Caron McCloud in literature and poetry, and she was chastened not to watch TV, but to learn the poetry of T.S. Eliot, study the work Herman Hesse, look at the artwork of Michelangelo and sketch in her notebook.
At the tender age of 23 she rendered her first one woman show under the tutelage of American Master Painter and sculptor Sue Hoya Sellars whom she has studied with most of her life. This resulted in a sold out show featuring her paintings, combined with photography, writings, sculpture and pottery. In 1997 she opened her first gallery, Color or Woman in Port Townsend, Washington, followed by a gallery on the Plaza in Sonoma, on Princess Street in Sausalito, on Sutter Street in San Francisco and then on the coastal village of Mendocino with her gallery, Wisdom House where she painted plien air on the cliffs for over five years. From the beginning, Shiloh not only represented her own work, but that of over 100 California Artists.
In 2008 Shiloh resettled to the world famous village of Healdsburg, California and opened a second gallery. In December 2010 she celebrated her 16 Year Artist’s Retrospective with a one woman show. Collectors flew in from around the world to purchase her work, and view the artist’s private collection.
The inspiration for her work is to provide images that inspire, and that promote well being and peace in the viewer. Her original creative spark was lit in a desire to support the end of violence against women and children which prompted her to form Palm of Her Hand, a 501c3 working in art, education and publishing.
Shiloh Sophia McCloud’s training as an artist included the Academy of Art, and she studied with renowned Byzantine Russian Iconographer, Pavel Tikhimov. While Shiloh Sophia is authentically American, she has developed her own style and has been influenced by European Symbolist movement in the tradition of Klimt, Redon, Modigliani, Chagall, Surrealist Frida Kahlo and Impressionist Mary Cassatt.
At the young age of less than 40 years old, she has produced over 1200 original paintings, and sold over 2.5 million dollars in art in the past 10 years. Shiloh Sophia McCloud is emerging as one of the most popular and collected artists in her genre. Experts and collectors say that her work embodies the traditions of the Contemporary Symbolist Movement.