Artist Maren Phillips

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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.  Maren travels extensively to display her work, paint en plein air, and visit commissioned portrait clients. After many years of independent study and pursuit of life, Maren received her Masters of Fine Art with a focus on figurative work from the Academy of Art University. Plein air painting is an abiding passion for her and portrait work remains a primary focus.
Maren shares her passion for painting with others by teaching in local venues both privately and through arts organizations.  She leads plein air workshops in painting and holds seminars on Nature Journaling and drawing in the field. 
My passion for painting lures me into new environments to depict relationships between the shapes and forms and light that surround me.   I strive not only to represent the beauty that I find, but to interpret it through an emotional connection.   I search constantly for ways to challenge myself and reveal the beauty of my subjects. 
My hope is that others will share in that emotional connection and respond with some memory or sensory reaction to my work.
My love of painting extends to include subjects such as landscape, interiors, still life, and portraiture both in the studio and outdoors on location, en plein air.

2012 MFA Figurative Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
1972 BFA Printmaking, Washington University, School of Fine Art, St. Louis, MO

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Four Kings Exhibition, self curated, Universal City, [...]

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