Artist Profile

Melinda Gandy

 Fascination With Light Against Dark

“I was born and raised in the Gulf South.  We wrote the book on summer:  crushing humidity that plumps our wrinkles and keeps us good-lookin’ past our time; billions of bugs that attract an amazing diversity of birds; heat that pushes us into or onto the water, some to play, some like me to gaze in fascination at the play of light on water.  I love to paint it all, from figure and portraiture, to still life, landscape and seascape.”


Melinda is an independent professional artist working in oils. Her work has been shown in galleries and exhibits from Gig Harbor, Washington to Chicago, Philadelphia, Nantucket, New Orleans, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She has made several appearances on ABC Affiliates WLOX, and has been featured in Where Magazine of New Orleans, the Sun Herald Newspaper, and the Ocean Springs Record. Melinda has taught in many venues, most notably the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Ms. and The Pink Rooster Art Gallery.

Recent shows include: “Bird Song,” June 2008 Mississippi Art Supply Gallery, Ocean Springs, Ms; “Light and Form,” November 2008, The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Ms; “Coastal Artist Reflect on Walter Inglis Anderson,” July 2009, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, Ms.

From January 10 to March 22, 2010, Melinda’s “Light on Water” collection showed at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, Ms. Melinda is deeply honored to be chosen first from among artists who live and work locally for this very special yearly event. Recently Melinda’s “Deep Water Wave,” a seascape, was collected by the Walter Anderson Museum as part of a new collection.

A Graduate of Louisiana State University, Melinda is also a professional interior designer and has a certification with the National Council of Interior Design Qualification.

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