After receiving a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 1985, Art accepted an engineering position with NASA at Cape Canaveral, Florida. In 1993, he launched Art Maples Photography to pursue an interest in commercial and fine art photography.

Art's commercial projects have included product and portrait photography for local and national clients, while his fine art pursuits center around black and white, and infrared still life and landscape images. This work has included a project documenting the rebirth and restoration of the historical McKee Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, Florida, and another that captured the forgotten and hidden infrastructure left from the Cold War. In "Ghosts of the Cold War" Art worked entirely with a traditional large-format view camera and black and white, and infrared film in an attempt to capture the unique and eerie nature of these decommissioned or abandoned sites.

In 2014 Art and his family relocated to Denver, Colorado and the beauty and wonder of the American West is bringing new inspiration to his photography.