Celebrating 36 Years in Business!  Est. 1982
Artist: Maria DeSimone Prascak
Welcome to Maria's Ideas!  Celebrating 36 YEARS in BUSINESS in 2018

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 was an incredible artist, he 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, I was encouraged to open my business 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 that prevented me from airbrushing. 

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 36 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 Fine 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 paint using watercolors and mixed media. Reproductions and some original art can be purchased online in my etsy shops. Personalized and customized art ~ Great Gifts!

See the link to the left:  BUY MY ART 
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 T-shirt" to view and order custom airbrush items anytime! Yes, after 24 years I am able to air brush once again!!! 

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.

Please see the PRESS page to see where my art has been featured over the years!

On the site of the mural I restored for South Side Local Development Co. on the historic South Side Flats at East Carson St. & 12 St.
High above the fireplace, this is one of those jobs that made me 
wish I had wings!
Painting the patio mural at Lucca Ristorante in Shadyside
Your referrals
 are the greatest compliment I can receive

 for tons received over the past 36 years!
Check out my husband's art too!
LIVE painting at Night in the Tropics National Aviary 2016
My art on 3 billboards !!!
LIVE painting Night in the Tropics National Aviary 2017