Welcome to Maria's Ideas!
I have been passionate about art my entire life, sharing my experiences
and hoping to inspire others to follow their dreams is one reason
for creating this website. One of the most exciting things to me as a child
was a new box of crayons and paper. I was fortunate my Dad, Dan DeSimone,
was an incredible artist, taught me techniques at an early age, and
throughout my life. I studied art in high school, had a fabulous art teacher
who was an inspirational artist, teacher and mentor. Inspired by many creative family members including my mom Anne, I was encouraged to begin
an art career at the age of 19!
I opened my shop, Maria's Ideas, perched on the South Side Slopes in 1982. Started making custom hand drawn greetings cards. Also custom signs, illustration work, air brushed t-shirts & clothing, rhinestone jackets & more.
After 13 years at the shop I had to make the difficult decision to close due to an injury to my hand.
I was not sure what to do next - but I had faith that I would figure it out. I dove into books, painting BIG... murals, and taught myself to paint on a much larger scale, picked up my brushes and never looked back.
I absolutely love painting murals. I am grateful and appreciative of everyone who has supported my art for the past 34 years. Transforming rooms, creating spaces for clients and making them happy is very fulfilling. Embellishing a home, office, canvas with a trompe l'oeil mural or decorative painting gives my artistic energy a chance to soar! I am inspired by my appreciation for nature, gardening, historic architecture, & other artists work in addition to my life experiences.
I estimate, research, design and paint each project. I enjoy the challenge of custom color matching required in all projects. Working closely with my clients, together we develop unique ideas. Many murals include personalized touches giving interest or special meaning to their finished artwork. A full color mock up and job agreement is presented to each client for approval before the project begins. I have successfully taken on a variety of technically difficult jobs, which include luxurious baths, kitchens, dining rooms, children's rooms, game rooms, ceilings and balconies.
My art takes me into many incredible homes in and around Pittsburgh, giving me the opportunity to work with fascinating people. Featured in designer show houses, local television shows, newspapers and national magazines, my work has introduced me to designers, architects and builders on commercial jobs and many wonderful clients for the numerous residential jobs. Go to the Press page for client list and public places where you can find some of my murals.
In addition to painting murals, I accept commissions for CUSTOM ART such as paintings on stretched canvas which can be framed or unframed, canvas murals which are applied to walls or ceilings, making them removable. I also make unique mixed media art repurposed art, incorporating vintage items, upcycled and found objects. This gives me the opportunity to create for customers nationally and internationally!
A NEW service added to Maria's Ideas in addition to the custom murals & artist Custom Airbrush T Shirts, Apparel& more! see link at left "Airbrush Tshirt" to view and order custom airbrush items anytime!!
I use only quality materials, low VOC latex & acrylic paints to produce my art. Maria's Ideas is fully insured.
I was honored as an exclusive member of NAPEW (National Association of Professional & Executive Women) and added to the 2007-2008 Registry For "Women Of Excellence". Named "Woman of the Year," I was selected from thousands of women in my field. Honorees are chosen based on outstanding accomplishments, leadership and service and will nationally represent their industry in the "Women of Excellence" Registry. I am also a Professional Level Member of the National Internet Directory for Muralists.
Maria DeSimone Prascak