Flowers, trees, wildlife, Shelley uses all these and more as inspiration when she creates. This video shows just a taste of what influences her work, but also gives us a glimpse into her painting process.
From WGNO March 2016,
METAIRIE(WGNO)-- Although you wouldn't guess it now, once upon a time Shelley Hesse didn't know what she wanted to do with her life. She left New Orleans at the age of 24 and moved to Paris to find herself, with just $500 in savings and a job as a tutor. She roamed the halls of museums during her time abroad and came to her senses in front of a work of art. It was there she realized painting was her passion, and she wanted to try and make a life out of it.
Featured in Garden and Gun Magazine August/September 2010 -
New Orleans artist Shelley Hesse is known for her delicate renderings of Louisiana’s flora and fauna, some of it influenced by twentieth-century Gulf Coast artist and naturalist Walter Inglis Anderson. Egrets, white oleander, and all manner of fish are favorite subjects. “Studying a flower, watching the way a bird moves, combing the coast for anything that washes up—all of it makes me feel unbreakable and alive,” she says.
Unlike much of the United States, New Orleans, Louisiana is tucked within a steamy sliver of the subtropical climate zone. Parrots perch on power lines. Moss-draped live oaks shade the streets, while backyards and bayous teem with everything from fluttering dragonflies to meandering alligators. And its homes are full of families like that of artist—and longtime Anthropologie collaborator—Shelley Hesse, for whom this zoological wonderland is a birthright.
Featured on NOLA.com February 2013 -
We know that Rex rules New Orleans for only a single day, but events leading up to Fat Tuesday begin long before the merriment actually begins. Like any great party, care goes into the design and production of documents such as announcements, proclamations, and invitations. Historically, these become highly collectible, and the more original they are, the more valuable.
From WGNO January 2021,
NEW ORLEANS — For nearly 150 years, the Rex Organization and its storied traditions have helped define Mardi Gras. On Wednesday, Rex, the King of Carnival revealed its 2021 Proclamation and Edict to the masses.
Throughout history, the organization selects a local artist to design its proclamation celebrating carnival, and this year Shelley Hesse was chosen. Hesse is a New Orleans painter who is inspired by nature. Her work in watercolor and gouache paper typically depicts the large birds of Louisiana, the wildlife of Africa, and unique sea life.
Shelley Hesse says painting in her studio is “bliss.”
Shelley Hesse's art hangs in collectors' homes from New York to the Galapagos Islands and spurred her eponymous Anthropologie line. But the native New Orleanian never set out to be an artist. "It was completely unexpected," she says. "One of those things you can't predict in life."