One of the first shops that displayed her window art was Pentimento in Chatham. “Her work comes from her heart, and everything she does has a special touch,” says Pentimento owner Suzy Nickerson. “Her work embraces all the beautiful aspects of nature . . . the flow and the colors of sand and the tides. Because her work flows so beautifully, you get that feel of motion and the feel of a walk on the beach. And you can bring that feeling into your house.”
The creative process for each project usually begins with an inspiration piece—a shell, a piece of sea-worn pottery, a vintage necklace. With that piece as the focal point of the design, she selects other materials that work aesthetically with the inspiration piece and then “paints” with the materials, spiraling bits of glass, sand, and pearls, for example, out from the focal point.
“I work really hard at getting [the design] balanced, like you would paint a painting,” Pierson says, holding up a window sprinkled with blue glass, seashell pieces, iridescent beads, and a chunky piece of frosted sea glass. Her fastest-selling pieces measure 19.5 inches wide and feature the swirling “Beach Walk” design, inspired by the washed up shells, sea glass, and other artifacts that she finds on daily walks along the Cape Cod Canal with her rescue dog, Savannah.