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!

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

I know it sounds absolutely insane to say that gourds tell us what they want to be – but, honestly, it does seem to happen.  This particular gourd I had started working on was going to be something completely different, it sat in my studio for at least two years partially completed until a few weeks ago when I suddenly realized there was a Humpty Dumpty begging to appear !   Once I started sculpting the face with paper clay – Humpty Dumpty took shape.  His arms and legs are fabric sculpted, painted with gesso and a stiffening medium.  His entire body, the gourd and limbs were covered with a texture medium which gives, especially on the gourd, an eggshell like surface.  He was painted with acrylic paint and sealed with varnish.  The “wall” is actually a block of wood that I painted with faux bricks.  So much fun to create this guy – now I can’t decide if I should take him to the gallery or just hold on to him for a little while ….

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