She does much of her art on the computer using Corel PAINTER software, which allows her to imitate almost any traditional media. Maurie has the amazing ability to draw her warm and friendly characters from very unique perspectives.
"Since first grade I've known I wanted to write and illustrate children's books. I remember standing in the library at age six with my newly honed reading skills, picking up a book called "B is for Betsy" and noticing that both the story and pictures were by Carolyn Haywood. Since then I have never wavered from my desire to create children's books.
"I spent much of my childhood in the self-imposed study of anatomy. I had the ridiculous idea that Norman Rockwell "drew from his head" and my goal was to draw people as well as he did! So I poured over anatomy textbooks, drawing bones and muscle groups for hours at a time. I have to admit my extreme disappointment in finding out that Rockwell used a projector and traced photographs onto his canvas. (I have gotten over my dismay.) But by then I was developing a less realistic style anyway, much thanks to my mother whose constant critique that my work was "too stiff" helped me move out of simple representational drawing and into a unique personal style."
Maurie's first two trade books were The Aunts Go Marching (Boyds Mills Press, April 2003) and The Coffee Can Kid by Jan Czech (Child and Family Press, 2002). Her past and present art clients include: Children's Digest, Child Life, Humpty Dumpty's, Highlights for Children, Sony Interactive, Josten's Learning, Computer Curriculum Corporation, Strategic Simulations Inc., Lucent Books, Steck-Vaughn, Pearson, Hampton Brown, Child Welfare League of America, Girl Scouts of America, and Boyds Mills Press.
She lives in Carlsbad, California with her son and daughter and their Australian Shepherd, Mel.