"Maurie chose the name "The Novel Gardener" to encompass the creativity that now guides her life including writing and art. Gardening, with its colors and rhythms, continues to be a part of her inspiration, and she writes for publications such as Oklahoma Gardener, Edible Tulsa and TulsaFood.com. Maurie's work has also been featured in literary publications such as TCC's Tulsa Review. Maurie enjoys submitting personal essays, short stories and other forms of creative writing to various publication to continually grow as a writer.
Watercolor is Maurie's favorite medium because it offers the opportunity for exploring color with emotional expression. Often, Maurie will combine quotes with her artwork and post on social media as a daily “Scribble."
"Scribbles" is a daily meditation with color that Maurie uses to remind herself and others that art is accessible, relevant, necessary, and offers a way to see life in new ways. Though Scribbles are not intended to be great works of art, they are intended to be a great way to interpret ordinary and spectacular events and ideas.
Every artist has many influences and Maurie credits her family, namely her grandmother and children, as her most important resources of encouragement. Maurie has many writing heroes including Anne Lamott, David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, David Foster Wallace, Harper Lee, and Dave Eggers.
Her visual art influences include Charles Reid, Janet Rogers, Jean Haines, Andrew Wyeth, and John Singer Sargent.