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!

Shades of Red

I love challenges ! So when the Art and Antique Gallery in Eau Gallie Florida presented the challenge Shades of Red I was motivated to create a doll. “Ruby” is an all cloth doll made with muslin that has a needle sculpted face and hands with a “skin” over her face to hide the facial seam. I hand painted her facial features, her hair is a combination of mohair yarn and cotton yarn that was woven through a crochet wig cap. Her outfit was created using mostly fat quarters and completely original. Her hands are hand painted. I added the roses and created her hat. She was so much fun to make, but of course the most fun to creating her was the shopping for all the materials. Currently Ruby is displayed and for sale at the Art and Antique Studio in Eau Gallie Florida during the month of July. If you are in the area go see the exhibit, some very good paintings are also displayed.

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