Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure! A renaissance woman who communicates her philosophy through painting, storytelling and illustrations. For 25 years she has dedicated her soul work to the practice of creativity as a path of transformation and consciousness. As a gallery owner, she has represented her own work, as well as hundreds of women artists
Her paintings are widely collected around the world and she achieved incredible success with her fine art and books by the age of 40. Her intuitive painting process led to a desire to teach and serve. Her contemplative approach provided groundbreaking research on how Intentional Creativity® gives voice to the soul. Her message of ‘creating with intention’ has reached tens of thousands, and for some programs, she reaches upwards of 500 enrolled students online per month.
Her devotion to sacred art-making and specifically medicine painting and metacognitive drawing is a personal spiritual practice. Her relationship with the feminine Divine and specifically Mother Mary and Magdalene has deeply influenced her work, having painted over one hundred images of Madonnas, many of which are used in the Mother Mary Deck published by Blue Angel. She is trained as a Reverend and leads circles for women to explore their relationship with making sacred art.
Her work is taught in university MA and Ph.D. programs, at the United Nations, and by over 300 Intentional Creativity® Teachers and Coaches worldwide. At the core of her work is a belief that the right to self-express is one of the most basic human rights. Her research dives into the exploration of the right/left brain connection with the heart and body as well as how image and language inform consciousness.
She is the creator of over seven illustrated books and journals and is currently working on a series of mythic novels as well as an inspirational deck. Having been trained by her mother Caron McCloud the poet, and Sue Hoya Sellars the artist, she brought her gifts of language and image into form. To her students, she offers the gift of a 'creative lineage’ rich with a community of culture, practice, process, and teachings.
To honor the lineage, her husband Jonathan and she co-founded MUSEA: Center for Intentional Creativity® where she is the Curator for a visionary art collection. They provide education at their campus and in their global online classroom. The two also own and operate an art and wine bar just outside of San Francisco called Musette. She can be found most days having tea with her muses discussing quantum physics and celebrating revelations of the heart.
Mary MacDonald, aka StellaMac, is the Countess of Curiosity and the Queen of Questions whose Muse prods, cajoles, and believes in her without condition. She gives new meaning to the word versatile. For the past 30 years, she has boldly gone forth in the, not for profit, artistic, educational, and for-profit worlds where she has used her extraordinary relationship-building skills to achieve success for her clients in marketing, fundraising, public relations, communications, training, and development, and writing. She works in California and Canada as a teacher, coach, and consultant.
Milagros Suriano-Rivera is a Color of Woman Intentional Creativity® Teacher, Guild Member and Co-creator of Musea. As a Latina woman of color, she has color in her DNA. Yet, her creative path started over 25 years ago when she started making jewelry out of cardboard and paper for friends and family because she could not afford to buy gifts for special occasions.
When she reflects on her creative journey since joining the Intentional Creativity community in the context of her life, she knows art has taught her to embrace the shadow, create her own light, and dance between the two so that she may be a prism to bring healing to the world which is what she is here to cause and create.
Brimming with the quirky enthusiasm that prompted her nom de plume, Jenafer Joy rides bareback at the center of a Creativity Revolution. Using every trick in (and out) of the book – vibrant paintings, whimsical writings, and unwavering faith in every person’s innate genius – it is impossible to spend time in her presence and not fall in love with yourself, with the whispering of your intuition and with Jena’s heartfelt and contagious love of the muse-driven life.
Jena has been in the healing & creative arts leading solo and collaborative courses since 2003 and she is still pinching herself at the luck of being at the helm of the Cosmic Cowgirl Community as one of the three directors since 2010. With a background in both acupuncture and accounting, Jena is ridiculously suited to being a most steady and linear guide through circuitous imaginal terrain and her specialty is designing and delivering an inspiring curriculum full of engaging art and deep inquiry. Jenafer Joy lives in Mendocino County and teaches almost exclusively online, where she quite enjoys being “imaginary best friend” to hundreds of women.
Jena joined the Color of Woman staff as a guest teacher in 2014 and is co-director of the training, in charge of curriculum & communications.