Fine Art Photographer

Steve Shelly’s love of Photography and Fine Art have produced a variety of compelling images which creatively explore light, and texture, with interesting compositions and unique subject matter. Studying in Europe and England and travel to Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, Canada and many of the wonderful cities and wilderness areas of the world has given these images a breath of experience and delight.


Given a camera at 9 and building a darkroom with his fathers help at age 12, Steve developed a deep and lasting relationship with the magic of the photographic process. This was later enhanced with a Bachelors degree and Masters work in Fine Art and Photography. Using the 4×5 view camera, Hasselblad, Minolta and Rolliflex medium format; and Nikon SLR cameras, this vision and passion has portrayed images of mountains, waterfalls, snow, ocean, city, rural, underwater and calming desert scenes all with a desire to find the essence and simple truth of each location and subject matter.

Black and White Album

Collection of beautiful landscapes, cityscapes, and even snowscapes in crisp black and white contrast

Color Album

Colorful images of Mountain, Desert, Ocean, Rural and Cityscapes

Underwater Album

Playful collection exploring the refracted light and ambience of the underwater world.

Various Media

Creative approaches to photography including hand coloring, paints, canvas, coated papers etc…

New Additions

A quick look at new and exciting images

Purchasing Info

Work is available framed and unframed allowing you to create the framing and presentation suitable to your color scheme.



  • Bachelors in Fine Art and Design at California State University, Fullerton in 1979
  • Undergraduate work in 2-D Design, Theology and Fine Art at Biola University, La Mirada, CA, 1972-1974 and 1976-1977
  • Graduate work in Fine Art Photography, Design and Art History at University of New Mexico, 1980-1982
  • Capernwray, Lancaster, England, 1974-1975. Theology, Philosophy and Church History
  • L’Abri, Huemoz, Switzerland and Thollon, France, 1975 – Art History, Philosophy, and Theology
  • L-Abri, Eck en Viel, Nederlands, 1979-1980 – Art History, Theology and Philosophy

Selected Associations:

  • The Art Group, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Albuquerque United Artists
  • Moonstone Gallery, Co-owned with Angus Macpherson and Bruce (BC) Nowlin
  • 4th and Central Art Center, Studio and Gallery, Ysarri Building, Albuquerque, NM
  • The Given Image, Art/Photo Gallery and Services
  • Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • MoRo Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Gallery St Michael, Curator

Selected Shows and Exhibitions:

  • Santa Fe Armory for the Arts
  • A.U.A. Downtown Gallery, Albuquerque
  • Grids and Perspectives, Mountain Road Gallery
  • University of New Mexico, Sub Gallery
  • MoRo Gallery, Guest Artist
  • New Mexico Artist Showcase, Albuquerque Convention Center
  • Gallery St. Michael, solo and group shows
  • Sumner Dene Gallery, Churches of New Mexico

Steve Shelly

Fine Art Photographer


Joy Neimanus – California State University visiting professor from Chicago Art Institute
Betty Hahn – University of New Mexico
Beaumont Newhall – University of New Mexico
Frank Zamora – Biola University
Grant Logan – Biola University
Francis Shaffer – L’Abri
Udo Middleman – L’Abri
Hans Rookmaker – L’Abri
Billy Stracken – Capernwray
Vic Smith – California State University


To Order (Optional)

If there is an image of special interest to you, please note the title and approximate size and you will be sent a free sample card of that image along with basic pricing options. Use the ‘Request a Quote’ link for questions, comments or to order work (See purchasing page). If you prefer, email Steve Shelly at or call (505) 922-9499 for information or to schedule an appointment.

You will be contacted by phone or email to discuss payment and delivery, Thank you.