About Debra Maerz

A mixed media artist and decorative artist, there is not a technique or surface that does not interest me! I should probably be a little more focused but diversity in mediums, surfaces and techniques has kept my interest and creative process expanding over the years. Never one to sit still after art school I dabbled in glass etching in commercial buildings and residential homes. Until the birth of my first child, which way laid my art endeavors for nearly eleven years and I stumbled upon decorative painting. A way to channel my creative yearning even though I was too exhausted to actually "think". Following others drawing patterns and painting instructions decorative painting satisfied my muse until my children were older and I had more energy to devote to my art. Now with an empty nest and the down turn in the economy I have so much more time to entertain my muse with all sorts of creative energy! So stay tuned you never know what you find posted in my blog or for sale in the Etsy shop!

Exciting Results from the Gourd Show !

Here I am at the 2017 State of Florida Gourd Festival with my winning entry.  My Indian Girl was created with gourds, one for the body,one for her head and the arms are parts of a gourd also.  The pots are also small gourds so a total of five gourds made this piece.  Her face was sculpted on the gourd with paper clay, her hands were sculpted with polymer clay and inserted into the gourd pieces. For her hair I made a wig cap, and created wefts from a braid I purchased at Sally’s.   I was very pleased with the completed piece, and extremely happy to receive all the ribbons! 

Thank-you Therese Payne Ferguson for the photograph !

Happy 2017 !

As one gets older time seems to go by faster and faster, I can not believe how quickly 2016 went by and it was not the best year, my life has permanently been altered by a few  significant changes, and because of that I have decided to live everyday as if it was my last, for one never knows what the future holds. 

For 2017,  I have made some pretty lofty resolutions, I have not written them down yet but I do plan on doing just that, so I can keep them front and center in my mind everyday and try to accomplish everything by the end of the year.

However, in the near future I am looking forward to the Florida Gourd Festival in February being held in Melbourne again. I will be teaching a class Saturday afternoon if I have at least 8 students, so far I only have 6, so just need two more ! Here is the link for more info – scroll down to find my class, not the best photograph but that is what was posted. 


Here is another image, the two necklaces on either side are the ones that will be included in the class tutorial packet – everything except general painting supplies will be furnished to the students.  Each student will have completed a necklace and bracelet by the end of the four hour class.

That is about all for now, have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017 and keep creating ! 

Thank-you for visiting my site, questions and comments are always welcome.