Dorothy Sklar Phillips was born in New York City on April 25, 1906.
Painting subjects of landscapes, figures, and portraits include: treescapes, Chinese or Korean style buildings, Mexican and Guatamala people and landscapes, scenes from California such as old homes in Los Angeles, Echo Park in San Francisco, and Angel's Flight, Utah landscapes including Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon, Shafer's Trail, Zabriski Point, and Arches National Monument, views of Yellowstone National Park, and The Lower Falls in Golden Canyon in Death Valley.
Dorothy Sklar Phillips worked in styles of impressionism, realism, and abstraction and with the mediums of oil and watercolor.
She had memberships in many Art organizations including California Watercolor Society, Laguna Beach Art Association, Women Painters of the West, and Westwood Art Association.
She exhibited at the Santa Cruz Art League 1944-1946, the Alabama Watercolor Society 1944, Delgado Museum 1944-1954, California State Fair from 1949 to 1966, California Palace of Fine Arts, 1953-1954, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1954 and 1955, and Butler Art Institute in 1955.
She attended UCLA in the 1930's with her sister Pearl Getz, and studied with Millard Sheets and Stanton MacDonald Wright at the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. She also was a teacher at the Santa Monica city schools in art in 1943 -
Awards included recognition from the Laguna Museum of Art,National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, and Women Painters of the West.