Scottish born Maria graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1987. Her work was included at the Hunt Museum exhibition celebrating forty years of ceramics in LSAD 'Culture of Clay' in 2014.

Her work has a utilitarian engagement with the suggestion of storytelling and a reference to childhood memories. She is influenced by the natural environment that surrounds her home in the form of colour and tone. She also takes inspiration from found objects, industrial artefacts and architecture as well as personal memory. She is interested in making objects that provide a canvas for her exploration of colour, pattern and texture.

She lives in rural Donegal where she has her studio alongside her home.