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!


Finally I have finished my banana gourds mermaids! After what has seemed like forever my muse returned and I am once again in the studio creating, painting, sculpting and all in all enjoying the process.  So tomorrow off to the “boutique” and hopefully some sales!

In the past I have just painted the mermaids on the banana gourds, but this time I decided to add dimension by using texture medium for the hair. They are painted with acrylic paints and of course there is an addition of a soft sculpture tail.  The “seaweed” head piece is made from the softest fuzzy yarn and I have added a small sea shell to it.

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Mermaids 2 copy