Maren Phillips grew up in Tennessee, spending many hours outside in observation of nature. Her interest in portraiture and landscape painting evolved from her observations during those early years. Her paintings of animals are filled with insight and sensitivity, and her landscape work shows an understanding of a sense of place. After receiving her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Fine Arts, Maren moved to Texas, where she now resides. In 2012, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco awarded Maren a Masters of Fine Art in Figurative work. Currently, Maren frequently travels to display her work, paint en plein air, and work with commissioned portrait clients.