How To Follow Your Creative Intuition – Artist Flora Bowley Interview


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

Combining eighteen years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, massage therapist and lifelong truth seeker, Flora infuses her teaching and painting style with a deep connection to body, mind, and spirit. This unique fusion offers up a truly transformational experience—one that honours intuition, self-discovery and the perfectly ever-changing present moment.

Flora’s vibrant original paintings are sold in several galleries throughout the U.S. and her licensed product lines and prints are available worldwide. Flora’s book, Brave Intuitive Painting was released in May, 2012 and has now sold over 20,000 copies.

When not traveling to faraway places, Flora can often be found communing with mossy forests, singing aloud while riding her bike, meditating in her backyard sauna, twisting herself up on a yoga mat, making soup, daydreaming about her next bold move and living happily among a colourful community of fellow artists in Portland, OR. She is extremely grateful to be doing her soul’s work and inspiring others to do the same.

Visit Flora’s blog

Competition Rules

Flora has kindly offered to give away a free copy of her book ‘brave intuitive painting’. All you need to do is subscribe to my blog and channel and also subscribe to Flora’s and send me an email saying what you most like about being an artist. I’ll randomly pick a winner. The closing date is on 10 March 2014 and the decision is final. Good Luck!

Interview Questions

1. Can you tell us abit about your background, what inspired you to study painting and pursue a career as a visual artist?

2. How would you describe your paintings?

3. What do you think are the qualities a person needs to make a living out of being a visual artist?

4. When you started, how did you keep going with the painting when you weren’t making a sustainable living from your originals?

5. How did you get your studio spaces?

6. Do you think it’s necessary for an artist to be represented by a gallery to be successful?

7. What advice would you give to someone who is trying to make a living from being a visual artist?

8. What advice would you give to fellow artists on keeping a record of their originals?

9. I’d like to now talk about your e-courses and workshops, can you tell us how do you decide what you are going to cover in each session and how you put it together?

10. There’s an element of letting go of fear in your teaching, how did you manage to do this yourself? Is there a technique that you use?

11. What can people expect from your workshops?

12. You’ve also written a best-selling book called ‘brave intuitive painting,’ can you tell us what it covers?

13. How did you get to be writing a book and what process did you use to put it together, chapter by chapter?

14. What did you learn about writing an art book that you loved and what did you not like about the process?

15. I’d like to now talk about marketing as an artist. Do you think it’s important for artists to have a marketing plan, and do you use one?

16. You have some media coverage in magazines and also in blogs how did you get this and what did you gain from it?

17. What have you found to be the best methods of promoting yourself and your work?

18. You also have a blog on your website, what do you find it useful to blog about and what advice would you give to other artists on successful blogging?

19. Can you tell us about your seeds of inspiration newsletter and at what point you decided to have a newsletter and why?

20. What are you working on at the moment and do you have any new projects that you would like to share with us?

21. Can you please give the URl of your website?


It was fantastic to speak to Flora! In particular I really enjoyed listening to how she freely paints without fear. It’s a good principle to use in life too.

Why fret about all the mistakes you could make if you go out of your comfort zone? Why not just do it and if the worst comes to the worst, like a painting, change it. Nothing in life is permanent! Fortunately or unfortunately 🙂

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  1. Sparrow Retail says

    Fantastic interview!! Lots of information to digest. Thanks for asking great questions.

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