Maurice was born at Highbridge, Somerset and enjoyed drawing and painting from early childhood. After leaving Brymore School, Cannington, he had various jobs, whilst continuing to paint as a hobby, eventually painting full-time at Burnham on Sea in 1979. In 1987 Maurice moved his galley to Dunster and has since opened an additional gallery in Lynmouth where he now spends the majority of his time.
Maurice is self-taught, painting in oils on canvas using his drawings, photographs and imagination together with personal experience to create his impression of a landscape. Exmoor is particularly inspirational to Maurice and his work includes many of the scenes which make Exmoor a firm favourite with visitors – Watersmeet, Malmsmead, Tarr Steps, Porlock, Dunkery and Lynmouth Harbour. It also captures the more elusive images through paintings such as ‘Final Over at the Valley of Rocks’, ‘Home to Lynmouth on a Moonlit Tide’ and ‘Exmoor Majesty’ which features the famous red deer. Recently, Maurice has been painting themes depicting a journey towards the light such as ‘The Journey’, ‘Against All Odds’ and ‘Together at Sunset’ reflecting, perhaps, his optimistic view of our world.
Maurice does not accept commissions because he prefers the freedom of painting what he enjoys. Because of this enjoyment he may take as long as seven or eight months to complete a painting.
Most of Maurice’s work has been published as signed limited edition or open prints, on acid-free paper using light fast inks, to fine art guild standards. A new and popular addition to the range enables the images to be hung as giclees on box canvases. This method makes framing unnecessary and creates a more contemporary look. If you have visited Maurice’s galleries, you may have seen the triptych prints on canvas which are available by special order on certain titles. Please note that canvases are sent ready to hang (UK mainland only). If being sent abroad, we send the flat canvas rolled in a tube and different postal charges apply.
The collection is also available as small mounted prints or blank greeting cards which make excellent invitations for special occasions, such as weddings. If you see a title that you would like to use please call / e-mail us with the quantity you require and we can arrange a multiple purchase price for you.