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!

March 2019

The beginning of a new year is so hectic ! Lots to do for year end and also after Christmas I am sometimes so tired from holiday painting that getting motivated to start some new artwork for the gallery is almost impossible. However, I have finally finished these three gourds. They are two tobacco box gourds and one bottle gourd that I have cut, cleaned, painted and embellished with clay, paper and some bling. I was inspired by a kind of McKenzie-Child black and white pattern around where I cut the gourd to hide the cut line on the two tobacco box gourds. The tobacco box gourds had very rough interiors, the green one I was able to get smooth by sanding the interior the one with the pink flowers was very rough so I used a really pretty textured paper on the inside and I love the way it turned out.

All three gourds are now at Eau Gallery in Eau Gallie Florida so stop by and see them in person ! Thanks for visiting !! Ü