Maureen is self-taught, inspired by the books of Zoltan Szabo, Jan Kunz, and Stephen Quiller. She first attempted watercolor in 1994 and painted briefly until 1998, when she returned to school, and eventually earned a degree in French and Classics from Willamette University at the age of 49. During the summers of 2000 and 2001, Maureen worked as a square supervisor on an archaeological site in northern Syria called Tel Qarqur. The tel was located next to a small village of the same name, where she was to meet people whose warmth and generosity profoundly affected her life and her work.
"I am brokenhearted for the people of Syria, the suffering they have endured, and the shame of a world that has allowed such carnage. My faith in humanity was further shattered by the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election and the racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia that defined it. During the protests in New York City the day after the election, a reporter questioned a young man about the obvious "Do you really think protesting will change anything?" The young man stopped and responded "I don't know, but I do know that I would be morally dead if I didn't stand up and unite with others to tell the world that this is not who we are. This is NOT what America is about.' I agree with that young man, this is not who we are, and I am more determined than ever to seek out the beauty and kindness of the good people on this earth that I know are still there."
In 2010, Maureen began work on a series of illustrations for the children's book "When You Were A Baby Jayhawk" by author Jennifer Bennett ("I am a Jayhawk" and "Tapestry of Tales"). Some of the illustrations from "When You Were a Baby Jayhawk" are featured on this website. After another long absence, Maureen returned to painting in 2016 with "Double Standard", the image of feral cat staring in the window at a ceramic plant holder in the image of a cat. Maureen supports herself as a Legal Assistant, and is passionate about painting whenever she can.