Jurate Phillips (pronounced: You-ra-te) grew up in Soviet occupied Lithuania. From her earliest memories she has studied art and developed her talents in that field. She graduated from Siauliu Universitetas, in Lithuania (1996), where she was classically trained in painting and design. She came to the United States in 1997 where she has since graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design (2002). She now resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and daughter. Since her earliest days her passion has been for art in all forms. Jurate has partaken in the creation of many pieces from photography, to painting and sculpture. Her work can be found all over the world in both residential and commercial settings.
After working as an interior designer, freelance artist and teaching art she has returned to her first love, which is painting. She now focuses on painting regularly and exhibiting her work. She credits most of her aesthetics to her maternal Grandmother, with whom she spent most of her summers. The natural beauty that surrounded her on her grandmothers farm has influenced the size, scope and subject matter ever since. Her emotions dictate to her what she will paint. One day she will do a landscape, another an abstract, or she might be inspired by a simple flower bloom.