At an early age Maris began showing evidence that he had inherited his grandmother’s phenomenal and unique manner of reflecting the color and light in nature. Maris belonged to Zemudene, a group of young artists in the 1970’s who were trained on a regular basis for five years by well known Latvian artist Biruta Delle. Delle and Zemudene were written about in detail in “Art of the Baltics: The Struggle for Freedom of Artistic Expression Under the Soviets, 1945-1991” by Allan Rosenfeld, Norton
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