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!

Sincere thank you

To everyone that purchased  my Christmas ornaments, Santa Coke bottles and Santa wine bottles a sincere thank-you !!   The new mermaid ornaments were very popular this year and if I can find the right gourds I will have more of them for next Christmas.  

Now on to 2018 ! This year I am going to attempt to be a little more organized with my art. I really would like to create more art dolls, not just from gourds but also fabric and clay. It always seems as if Christmas ornaments take priority over other art forms so  I decided that maybe dividing my year into quarters may structure the year by art forms.  The first quarter would make the Florida Gourd Festival art a priority, second quarter art dolls a priority, third and fourth quarters Christmas ornaments. This may be the solution, I am going to try my best to adhere to it. 

Looking forward to the Florida Gourd Festival on February 26 – 28  at the Shriners on Eau Gallie Blvd. The theme this year is  “Gourds Go Seaside”. I have a few ideas for entries but have not started any yet, I should start working on it soon or I will not have any entries. 

Here are a few photos of some of the ornaments from this year, and yes I was pretty busy.  Thanks for visiting –