In the spring of 2004, Pierson established Robin’s Nest Interiors, painting faux finishes like bricks or floral patterns, and painting kitchen cabinets, furniture, and walls of people’s homes. The following year, she enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, studying decorative painting while continuing to help organize and add colors and to her clients’ homes.
During her annual winter trip to Key West in 2005, Pierson dined in a restaurant that had tables decorated with fake coins from the historic Mel Fisher shipwreck, the coins cast in resin. Pierson started imagining other applications of this object-casting method, and thought “it would be great if you could see through [the table].” Soon she developed an idea that was so exciting, she woke up at 2 a.m. to test it out. Arranging shells, colored glass, beads, and a piece of her mother’s jewelry on the glass of an old window, Pierson cast her first decorative window in her kitchen before sunrise.
In the winter of 2008, Pierson traveled to St. Augustine, Florida to establish a Florida chapter of Robin’s Nest Interiors, her window art on the backburner. As winter came to an end, Pierson and her boyfriend returned to Key West, where he ran into a friend involved with a local art and music show. There was one open artist slot for the show, and Pierson’s boyfriend volunteered his girlfriend—and her decorative windows—to fill it. “I said to him, I have no idea how to be in a show, or how to price anything!” Pierson chuckles. Pierson brought a dozen of her decorative windows to the show and sold almost every one. “That’s when I knew that [window art] was going to be my next adventure.”
Pierson uses resin to cast onto glass a carefully selected, precisely placed arrangement of seashells, sand dollars, starfish, sea glass, sea pottery, fish bones, beads, pearls, jewelry, sand, split peas, gravel—any materials with complementary colors and textures. The “canvas” for each piece varies as much as the materials: salvaged antique windows, French doors, mirrors, custom framed glass hangings, fireplace screens, glass shutters, cabinet doors, and more.