Celebrating 35 Years in Business!  Est. 1982
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 ~
Live now, gather the roses of life TODAY,
 and PAINT any time to you the chance!
Maria's Ideas established in 1982 is Celebrating
 35 YEARS in business ! 
It's been 35 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, that has brought joy to others. I am 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, and I will continue to support other artists!
I completed painting 70 feet of A Magical Candy murals at Sarris Candies! 
 See photos at right and on Murals 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!!
 In addition to the custom Hand painted MURALS, Wall ART & personalized Gifts, we are so excited to let you know we are now offering custom, personalized  AIRBRUSH T SHIRTS, Apparel, Ball caps, Signs, Banners & more! Great for wedding gifts, birthdays,special occasions. Easy to order from our secure online shop, 24/7, no lines at a mall, order in your jammies at 2:00 AM! You can REQUEST a QUOTE from the shop if you have an idea of your own!

Link to shop at left or click here:
photo by Paul Selvaggio Pittsburgh Zoo 
Personalized FAIRY DOOR with any name on door sign!
Click on tab BUY MY ART  to purchase online anytime or Click on the Crowned Flamingo!
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!
🍦🍫❤️ A brand new, 90 foot long mural done by Maria's IDEAS Custom Murals & ART! 
 Sarris Ice Cream Parlour! 🍦🍫❤️ Go check it out and have some yummy home ice cream!  

You can purchase my art, custom t-shirts, murals, wall art through 3 different shops- each is described and links on the 
MY STORES tab at left.

To purchase merchandise shown here 
to the RIGHT 

Maria is currently working on NEW murals, decorative art and other sweet surprises for 
Sarris Candies

 coming this summer 
of 2017!!!