There is no record of when Maurice started to show artistic talent, but we might infer some early interest in drawing from his transfer to the drawing office in GSWR (later CIE) in 1932. From time-to-time he tried to compile some sort of a record of those items that he thought were important in his early work, but it was never carried through.
The years between 1936 and 1946 were the time when he was most likely to have become an established professional artist, his name appearing frequently in newspaper art columns. The war changed his perspective on life, and although the army allowed a single man time to exhibit he never again returned to a full-time career in art.
The material from this period shows a trait which continued to the end, the absence of an immediately identifiable 'Maurice’ style. He had a driving curiosity to explore new techniques and materials and was always ready to experiment.
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