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Announcement    I am a restless creative type who paints and sometimes plays with beads. Drawn to whimsy and fantasy, I am currently in the process of taming Dragons.


Last updated on Dec 11, 2020

I am a restless creative type who paints and sometimes plays with beads. Drawn to whimsy and fantasy, I am currently in the process of taming Dragons.



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Sue Ellen Brown

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Sue Ellen Brown


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I'm a painter who loves to play with pretty, sparkly things.

I started playing with beads at about the same time I worked with crayons. The common thread linking them is color and texture, and working with either medium still involves focus and design.

Making beads has always been a hobby, a way to relax with something 3D: beads and thread that I could hold in my hands as opposed to skimming over the surface of a canvas with brushes and pencils, or hovering over illustration board with the airbrush, never touching the image in progress.

I had always made jewelry for my Mom, my sister, some friends, and myself. My mom in particular, preferred my jewelry to any gift I might give her, so I always made certain to make some for her birthday and Christmas. Sometimes those dates were the only reason I had to justify playing with beads during a long busy spell of illustration work.

The year she died left me with no one anticipating my efforts. At Christmas, I finally had the excuse of making my sister’s gift, and as I got out my beads I realized how much I missed it, and how much I missed her.

Someone once told me that beadwork is grief work: focus on one thought at a time, just as you place one bead at a time. The solitude and introspection is worthy of any meditation, with the comfort of following a reliable pattern. As the design is set, your hands can simply follow the process while your mind is free to follow wherever your thoughts might lead.

That Christmas an avalanche of beadwork pored out of me. The work shifted and changed, it seemed to open up and become more of an avenue of expression. It was no longer tied to my mom; it was mine, her Christmas gift to me.

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  • Sue Ellen Brown

    Owner, Artist, Illustrator, Designer, Maker

    Equally adept at oil and acrylic painting, airbrush and dry media, she has enjoyed over twenty years of success in both commercial and fine art worlds. Her focused technique and attention to detail have earned her national awards and recognition.

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Last updated on April 20, 2016

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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
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  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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