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, followed by the position of bench jeweler creating Van Cleef & Arpels work at Georges Peyrot, Inc.
Lissa was co-owner of the retail/wholesale jewelry company Spirit of Two and sold their work to galleries and stores across the United States. They maintained a gallery and studio in the Rondout section of Kingston, NY, after moving the business up from the meatpacking district in Manhattan.
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, model making for various companies, and teaching the art of stone setting. Gold, silver, precious and semi-precious gems are all incorporated into her work which includes bridal, commissions, and one-of-a-kind pieces. She also teaches the many facets of stone setting at Hudson Valley Silverworks in Kingston.