I’ve lived in Napa Valley since I was a year old. Growing up, I always had a connection to art and the desire to create things. I’ve been a Window Displayer since 1980, which has given me a wonderful opportunity to express my design abilities.
In 1997, I was searching for the perfect pair of earrings to wear at my class reunion. None was to be found, so I decided to make my own. That was the beginning of my love affair with designing jewelry.
While exploring this new world of jewelry design, I was drawn toward unique pearls, semiprecious stones and silver, especially Thai silver. Later on, I included dichroic and flame-works glass to my list of loves. I find it exciting to introduce a variety of textures and elements that dazzle the heart.
Over time, learning to design pieces I would enjoy wearing myself, has proven to be my best guide. It allows me to honor my true creativity and express the love of my art. My joy and desire is to generate unique designs that evolve and change as I do.
Sue F. Payne