Celebrating 36 Years in Business!  Est. 1982
Artist: Maria DeSimone Prascak
News ~ Recent Projects ~ Inspiration
This Heart design is printed on one of the beads given to patients
through the Beads of "Courage" program at Children's Hospital 
in Pittsburgh. I collaborated with Randy Baumann of WDVE Radio
to create this special piece. Randy's design idea, I painted the original heart, it is printed on the beads. For info about the program:  
This large whimsical tree was painted at Dormont Public Library. I painted 
the tree with many rich colors, but the leaves are added in the form of 
hand made paper cut in leaf patterns. Donors get the honor of seeing their
name appear on the leaves. The tree comes to life with the generosity of 
the people to create this giving tree. A featured story in the 
Dormont-Brookline PATCH: Artist goes out on a Limb for Dormont Library 
by Mark D'Agostino
One of 11 mural panels I created and painted for the HEDC. 
We placed the murals in vacant storefronts in the Mt.Oliver business corridor along Brownsville Road. 
The HEDC purchased the materials and I donated my services to gather supplies, design and paint each one. 
I addition to adding some color and interest to the neighborhood, 
several of the storefronts that received the murals subsequently
 rented and now house new businesses.

I was happy to stop for a photo with Shorty a local business owner, and 
Billie a board member. For more info about the great work the Hilltop 
Economic Development Corporation is doing in the Mt.Oliver area go to: 
~  QUOTE of the MONTH ~
Dare to Dream~ Make your Dreams Come TRUE!
Maria's Ideas established in 1982 is Celebrating
 36 YEARS in business ! 
 36 years of colorful creativity. I am continuously striving to improve my craft, growing and learning new techniques. It's been my pleasure meeting so many people in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. I feel blessed to have been given a gift, and grateful to everyone who has supported my art over the past 35 years... 
a BIG THANK YOU XOXO!  I hope to inspire others to use their creativity!
I completed painting over 300 feetof custom A Magical Candy and Ice Cream murals, 3 ceiling domes, chocolate drips, Pretzel people arch, 5 painted animals adorned with crystals and beads at Sarris Candies! 
 See photos at right and on Sarris  page. 

SWEET NEWS!! Proud to announce the partnership between 
Sarris Candies and my husband Johno Prascak 2 Pittsburgh Skyline
Assorted Chocolates Boxes and NEW  USA Flag box!
Go to  for details 

I am shown below painting one of 10 animals (actual size) who live at the Pittsburgh ZOO & PPG Aquarium! I was commissioned to paint them in modern silhouette on the walls in the new Jambo Grill. The images painted are of the actual animals at the zoo!  This Giraffe is "Socks" the female.  I painted The Islands logo on the over sized chair, and many of the quick facts signs.

 I was honored to work with 200+ volunteers at the Pittsburgh Zoo to help with building the NEW Kaboom playground in Kids Kingdom. I helped by designing the 10 animal murals that were painted by adults & kids in various colors on the fence, I painted the Alligator drum for the playground. Here are some photos step by step, there are many other great game pieces and interactive items to have fun playing- take a trip to the zoo and check it out! 

I finished NEW murals in the Siamang exhibit located in "The Islands" at the zoo too! See the Before & After page of this website for photos. It was wonderful to meet the Siamangs in person, they are so SWEET!!
photo by Paul Selvaggio Pittsburgh Zoo 
Painted the new Siamang Exhibitat the Pittsbugh Zoo & PPG Aquarium!
A LIVE painting to benefit the National Aviary during their "Night in the Tropics" July 9, 2016. Completed in just over 2 hours, it was auctioned that evening, every penny going to the Aviary. Featured in the artwork is Benito the hyacinth Macaw one of the Aviary's favorites! 
My art is now available in the GIFT SHOP at the National Aviary! 

Also the LIVE painting 2017 Night in the Tropics!
🍦🍫❤️ A brand new, 90 foot long mural done by Maria's IDEAS Custom Murals & ART! 
 Sarris Ice Cream Parlour! and 4 more Murals and creative art I've recently completed🍦🍫❤️ Go check it out and have some yummy home ice cream!  

"I am honored to be chosen as the Featured Artist for this years event"
 *Opening Soirée Friday,
 November 3, 2017 

 Public Art Show & Marketplace November 4-5, 2017 - 10 am - 5 pm 
For info:
Maria's art featured on 3 huge billboards November 2017 in Pittsburgh area!
One of 3 artists in WHIRL Magazine November 2017 and art in Whirl Magazine December 2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Pittsburgh Post Gazette November, 2017
Featured guest on Pittsburgh Today Live Nov. 2017 KDKA-TV