Shelley Minchew


Artist, Shelley Minchew (2nd from left)


Shelley Minchew has always loved color, design, architecture, photography, fashion, cooking, travel and art. Having raised a family of four children and too many English Bulldogs to count, she now realizes that the past 30 years have been spent gathering memories and inspiration for her art.

She graduated from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers) and has studied art, design, architecture and photography. She is inspired by the artistic techniques of Gary Bodner, Violet Parkhurst and Monet.

Living near the ocean in Santa Rosa Beach has inspired her to use her talents and interests to paint. Shades of blue and turquoise, pink sands, and golden sunsets are a part of her everyday life and she wants to share them through her art. She uses acrylics, plasters, gel, oil, paper and glaze to bring life to the beauty of the sky, ocean, sand and sunsets along 30A. Layers of paint and multiple processes create edgy, inspired creations. Her faith has allowed her imagination to put these beautiful colors of nature onto canvas or wood.

Each of her paintings includes a “hidden truth”- a special message or quote intended for just the right person. Poets and scholars such as Emily Dickinson, Longfellow, Helen Keller and Solomon write these gathered truths.

Mark Twain said it best when he said, “to get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”

Her paintings can be seen at The Blue Giraffe and Watercolor Inn along 30A.


This letter of appreciation from a client of Shelley’s shows how deeply her work touches people …