Lissa Queeney Matthews studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Upon graduation she earned the Jewelry Design Award from Van Cleef & Arpels. After a summer in Europe she returned to work as a designer at Van Cleef & Arpels atelier on Fifth Avenue.
She was a co-owner of the retail/wholesale jewelry company Spirit of Two. They sold their work to galleries and stores across the United States. After moving the business up from the meatpacking district in Manhattan, they maintained a gallery and studio in the Rondout section of Kingston.
Lissa has worked for a handful of noted designers, creating their one-of-a-kinds, and models for production. She currently maintains a studio making jewelry and house- ware items. Gold, silver, precious and semi-precious gems are incorporated into her work which includes one-of-a-kind pieces, commissions and bridal specialties.