Payge Semmes is a native of Charleston, SC. She attended the University of Georgia, where she studied art and art history in Cortona, Italy for a semester. Upon her graduation from UGA, she acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. She relocated to Madison, AL in 1998 and worked for an architectural firm for several years. After starting a family, she continued her study of art by attending art workshops around the country, emphasizing her love of oils, pastels, watercolors in landscapes and portraiture. She has been teaching art to children and adults in her home studio over the past ten years, producing commissioned art and conducting art camps during the summers in Charleston, SC and Madison, AL. Payge and her husband, Ed, and three children are members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Semmes currently teaches Art I at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School and is the sponsor for the Art Club.