Maurice has always drawn incessantly anything that might yield an idea for a new piece. Initially he studied sculpture and printmaking at Limerick School of Art.
Afterwards Maurice studied at the Royal College of Art in London and was awarded the Henry Moore Foundation scholarship. Here he was encouraged to draw by Henry Moore himself who said ‘Learn to draw, learn to look, you can make sculpture anytime’. Maurice had been doing less and less sculpture at this stage and drawing and painting were taking over his time.
Although he was offered a full time job at the Moore Foundation he chose to go to Paris. He worked part time for the French sculptor Maxim Adam Tessier. Later he lived in Lacoste at the American sculptor Pat Diska’s house. This opened his eyes to pure saturated colour. He continued to stay 3 years enjoying evenings at the local cafe spent with visiting international artists. It was after a massive thunder and lightening storm he felt homesick for Irish rain and returned to Limerick. Currently Maurice is a part time tutor at NCAD, Dublin.