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!

Christmas is almost here –

and I am so far behind in my holiday painting !  It is so hard to get anything to dry with all the damp, rainy, humid weather we have had the past few weeks.  Anyway, I should have some ornaments at the Art and Antique Gallery for Art Walk this weekend in Eau Gallie.  Here a some of the gourd Santa Ornaments that are nearly complete – now it is back to work in the studio !

Thank-you for visiting !

New pieces for First Friday in September

Gourd bowl with lid

It has been awhile since i updated this blog however I have been busy creating some new pieces for the September First Friday and Gallery Walk in Eau Gallie on September 1st. 

 I absolutely love the shape of this very round gourd pictured above.  It is just a perfectly round symmetrical gourd with no flat spots or irregular sides to it and stands on its own.  A little thin so I really could not carve it but perfect for pyrography, or wood burning.  I added an eggshell mosaic for texture around the rim and below the wood burned flowers, which are of course my favorite Florida flower – the hibiscus.  I left the stem, a perfect top for the lid.

Gourd basket with clay leaves and flowers

The second piece I completed was this quite large, very thick gourd that I carved into a basket.  It was wood burned, embellished with clay and painted with acrylic paints and inks.  It seemed like it took me forever to complete because of its size, there are actually twenty-two small clay flowers, each one having to sand seal and paint individually, not to mention all the leaves and larger flowers.   Whew, I was so happy to have this one done !

Gourd with sea grass and sea shells

These are the last two of my new gourds at the gallery. I also have three new gourd shard necklaces not pictured here.  Hope you will be able to attend First Friday and Gallery Walk in Eau Gallie this weekend !! 

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Gourd bowl with kumihimo  (Japanese) braiding