Nancy Sierchio, a resident of Blairstown for 29 years, started painting her colorful art during the pandemic.
“I was stir-crazy, needing something creative to occupy my time,” Sierchio said. “I came across some YouTube videos on dotting and I was intrigued. I was always artistic so I ordered some nontoxic acrylic paint that could be baked in the oven rendering it dishwasher safe. I needed some tools to make different size dots. I tried using anything with a flat end: Q-tips without the cotton, crochet hooks, eraser part of the pencil and drill bits. Soon I had the technique down.”
Some designs are mandalas or geometrically oriented, consisting of dot patterns intricately painted freehand without stencils, similar to pointillism, a form of impressionism.
Sierchio upcycles glass and metal, any usable household items that inspire her. Sierchio’s line consists of glasses, pitchers, water bottles, cake plates and clocks. Her new line consists of mandalas painted on framed glass and canvas acrylic paintings.
You can find her work at Race’s Farm Market, located at Route 94, Blairstown; The Strange Boutique on Main Street in Blairstown and yearly at the annual Hope Christmas Market.
She also does custom work. For more information, she can be reached at 908-797-7431 or via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Marybeth Journe, I feel blessed to be living in this part of New Jersey. I have enjoyed this community taking advantage of the lakes and woods. Always supporting the local businesses that make this my home. As a local artist myself, I know many of our residence if not by name, at least by sight. I feel comfortable interviewing others. I have worked for The Paulinskill Valley Chronical where I provided articles, photographs and billing. I consider myself an artist, journalist, naturalist, gardener and a teacher for the YMCA Camp Mason. I look forward to the work ahead