Artist Shiloh Sophia McCloud 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 was chastened not to watch TV, but instead to learn the poetry of T.S. Eliot, study the work of 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 studied with most of her life. This resulted in a sold-out show featuring paintings combined with photography, writings, sculpture and pottery. In 1997 she opened her first gallery,Color of 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 in the coastal village of Mendocino with her gallery, Wisdom House where she painted plein-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 gallery, Cosmic Cowgirls, is open by appointment and has seasonal schedules of shows and regular hours.
Shiloh has authored and illustrated five books and is the founder of Cosmic Cowgirls, LLC., which offers courses both online and in-person with an emphasis on Intentional Creativity. In 2010, she founded the Color of Woman School which trains women in Intentional Creativity, how to teach her method of transformation painting to others, and how to lead workshops. (Read about her work with the United Nations here.)
Shiloh’s work is often published in books and online, including in the Women’s United Nations Network, with her poems and images going out to hundreds of thousands of viewers. Shiloh has taught painting and visionary entrepreneurship in college courses over the years at a variety of graduate schools including New College of California, California Institute of Integral Studies, and in the Women’s Spirituality department and the Global PhD program at Sofia University, formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
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. She calls her method of painting Contemporary Symbolism.
When less than 40 years old, she had produced over 1200 original paintings and sold over 2.5 million dollars in art in 10 years. Shiloh Sophia McCloud is one of the most popular and collected artists in her genre and one of the top grossing artists in the United States for over ten years.
In 2013 Shiloh was awarded a Proclamation from the City of Healdsburg for her service to the community and to women and girls worldwide. In her organizations, she serves between 300-500 women and girls a month both online and in-person at her classroom in Healdsburg.
She currently resides in the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma County with her husband, Jonathan Lewis.
- 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/venues
- 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
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
- Two year mentorship in painting and clay with artist and illustrator Sue Hoya Sellars
- Icon Painting Apprenticeship to Pavel Tikhimov, famous Russian iconographer
- Academy of Art, San Francisco, Two years 1992-1994
- College of Marin, Kentwood, Two years 1990-1992
- Dominican College, One year 1989
- Holy Orders – 2 Years St. Mary’s – Ordained Reverend
- 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
- On A Wing and A Dream – Collection of Writings
Collaborations: The Caring One and Mending Invisible Wings
- Project Revision – A Petition to Change the Declaration of Human Rights to be gender-inclusive
- UNCSW 57 in March of 2013 at the United Nations presented the work of 42 women artists at a panel for the Commission on the Status of Women
- UNCSW 58 in March 2014 as journalist for WNN – Women News Network
- Participated in over 150 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 Author Alice Walker including
- Illustrated Alice Walkers’ best selling book of poetry – Hard Time Require Furious Dancing
- 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, CA Speaker series, 3 years
- New College of California, Women’s Spirituality Department, MA Program New College of California, Creative Inquiry, MFA Program, Teacher 4 years
- 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, CAPublishing Projects
- Independently published five illustrated journals for women’s creative development. They are featured in 90% of the women’s bookstores in the United States;
Jonathan Lewis was born in rural West Virginia in 1962. He started work very young with a constellation of tasks as they are often required in agrarian life. His family supported early efforts in art and music. His uncle was the school music teacher and his aunt the school art teacher. His mother was a surgical nurse that had travelled well with the US Army in western post-war Europe and encouraged all classical forms of education. Jonathan had 3 years of Latin and one year of greek before leaving school, as always knew there was a big world out there and the military offered that chance.
He joined the US Air Force and became a Para-Rescue Specialist and served in the Philippines and Japan until he was severely injured in a helicopter incident on the island of Mindinao. He was retired by the military at that time. Upon exiting the military at Travis AFB, near San Francisco, without work or skills that were applicable to his military life, he started a long career in the food and beverage business with a prestigious job of washing up the dishes.
Ambition and curiosity paid off as soon he was moving through the kitchen positions and eventually became Chef Tournant and then on to Sous Chef and eventually an Executive Chef. He went on to own three of his own restaurants in the Dallas – Fort Worth market and worked with some of the most celebrated Chefs of the day, including Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, Carlos Guia, Bradley Ogden and his ultimate friend and mentor, Chef Charlie Trotter, who also advanced his desire and knowledge of fine wines and crafted in him a refined sense and dedication to personal excellence.
Over the years, he has served as consultant and guide for some varied and interesting clients. His list of employers, clients and projects includes Universal Studios Florida (where he managed $63M in sales), The Bass Family Partners of Ft. Worth, Lawry’s The Prime Rib (Asia), Commander’s Palace, The Venetian (Lutece), Caesars Palace (Bradley Ogden), BOA/Sushi Roku, The Palazzo Hotel (Charlie Trotters) and Saison (San Francisco) as a member of service teams that have been awarded many Michelin Stars. He has owned and operated clothing manufacturing businesses as well as candy factories, specialty food importation business and a technology services for hospitality firm.
After the financial downturn of 2008, he exchanged passion for his trade and liquidated his then 5 businesses and moved to San Francisco permanently. There he opened his art trade and took up studio at American Steel in Oakland, an entire city block of converted steel factory turned industrial art complex, working with the Burning Man Organization as well as CouchSurfing International, creating photo essays of travel, hitchhiking and writing poetry. During this time, his world collided with Shiloh Sophia and the rest of the story lives on here in this site. After collaborating with Shiloh Sophia on her various art installations, galleries and projects and three years of visits to the United Nations (2016 is year 4), the Intentional Creativity Foundation is crafted and alive!
(Note: These brands are retired)
Burning Man Festival
- 2011 – Temple of Transition
- 2010 – Temple of Flux
- 2008/2009 – WDYDWYD Project – Center Camp
- 2009 – Wireless Technology Team – DPW
- 2007 – Crude Awakening
- Graduate of USAF Special Warfare and Tactics Trainings
American Intercontinental University – London
- Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration – Magna Cum Laude
- Baccalaureate Degree in Marketing – Summa Cum Laude
- Masters Certificate – Marketing
- Masters Certificate – Organizational Behavior
Culinary Institute of America
- Associate Degree of Culinary Arts
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