Maureen Enns was born in Chiliwack, British Columbia in 1949. She received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia in 1969 and her Masters in Art from the University of Calgary in 1971.
Maureen has taken inspiration from her interaction with animals and has incorporated abstraction and a bold use of color to reflect emotion in her art. Along with her partner Charlie Russell, Maureen has spent several summers living in the remote Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia. The two have been living in close contact with the local population of grizzly bears. Several notable documentaries, books and articles have chronicled both her research and her artwork.
Maureen has been an artist in residence at the Canberra School of Art in Australia and is an instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. She is a recipient of numerous grants and was the first Canadian artist to have a solo exhibit in the Moscow Contemporary Art Centre. Exhibitions of her work have also been shown in Slovenia, France and Australia, earning her a world-renowned reputation. Her exhibition ‘On Bear’s Path’ in June of 2001 was widely received during the celebrated Year of the Great Bear.