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Venetian Plaster Applicator

Nancy McGuire
Brick, NJ. 08724

Nancy McGuire, of Ancient Strokes Design Studios, located in Brick, New Jersey, has always had a love of the arts, music, and European architecture. During early childhood, several art instructors had advised her to consider cartoon illustration. Excelling also in music, she was torn between the two. Eventually she pursued what her family insisted would be the most “practical” route. She received training in computer science and graphic arts. A web applications developer with fortune 500 companies for many years, her career brought her to a company based out of NYC where Nancy handled the design, maintenance and administration for 150 large fortune 500 web applications which tracked visa immigration for companies such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, IBM, Lucent Technologies, CISCO Systems and Ernst & Young. Nancy also handled the Design and Analysis for a large facilities management system for The New York City Department of Sanitation while working for an environmental consultant in NYC. She continued on this career path but became increasingly discontent. It was in the mid 1990’s when Nancy began pursuing artistic endeavors in her spare time to meet her need for artistic expression.

Just a few months after 9-11, her local office was closed and all programming jobs were outsourced to India. Forced to do some soul searching, it was then she began to get back to the creative arts full time that she excelled in and loved so dearly as a young child. During this time, several friends and neighbors who had seen her work kept insisting she open up her own venetian plaster decorative business. And although she had not yet opened a business, the requests began coming in. It became more and more evident that this was the right niche. She began to research the availability of the genuine Italian plasters found in Italy, and found what she was looking for at The School of Italian Plasters in GA where she received her training. Nancy believes the art of Italian Plastering has opened the door to the artistic expression she was designed for. She continues training and working to hone her artistic abilities and will be visiting Italy this fall for advanced training with SAFRA.

Some of her large-scale projects include a newly constructed 14,000 sq foot home in Wall, NJ, an 8,000 sq foot waterfront home in Brielle, NJ, and currently, a prestigious 10,000 sq foot beachfront property in Pt. Pleasant, NJ. She continues to do high-end residential work, but is interested in branching out to include commercial work. Nancy has recently had several high-end interior designers request her services for large-scale projects in both Northern and Southern New Jersey.

One of her upcoming projects will be her most challenging yet. She was given free reign to develop a color scheme and create unique finishes for an entire home in a local prestigious waterfront community.

To contact her, please visit her main business site,


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