Although little is known about this artist who adeptly worked in both watercolors and oils, records show that he sailed to the far east in the 1860's. (Traditionally, the majority of sea painters lacked any gallery representation, preferring instead to work directly from commissions by the vessel owners themselves). He later settled in Boston and Marblehead, where apparently he continued with his successful commissioned ship's portraiture pursuit.
Being active in one of the largest sailing centers during the great age of yachting, Pierce had an excellent vantage point to document many of the great sailing yachts of his day. His paintings have accurately preserved the character of these historic vessels for future generations to enjoy.