Growing up in an industrial area of Northwest Indiana, to a family of steel workers, Liz Mares was much more interested in drawing the steel mills than in working at one. She spent most of her childhood daydreaming and building evergreen sanctuaries in the woods around her home. She liked to draw, write and genuinely let her imagination run away with her. Since there were a lot of train cars in her area, the wild (yet structured) graffiti tags were of particular interest and she started to make marks of her own; though these were mostly repeated patterns instead of the stylized lettering so often used. She would draw patterns and shapes everywhere.
In 2015 she became a full-time artist and she dedicated her pursuits towards painting, photography and digital media, concentrating on architectural/industrial elements, geometric patterns and the wonders of nature. In this time her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in the Mid-West and beyond and can be found in several Fortune 500 collections and academic institutions including Texas A&M and University of Chicago Medicine.