Whitney Gardner // @whitneyg.art
Whitney Gardner is an oil painter, printmaker and published illustrator, based in Twentynine Palms, California. Highly influenced by her high desert home, Whitney’s work depicts her natural surroundings: the rugged terrain, weather-torn buildings, and sun-drenched figures that are iconic to the region. Her paintings have a sense of clarity, expressed in a tight, yet painterly style with saturated bold colors, that tell a story of a turquoise sky with traveling clouds above, and the desert flora dancing with the winds below.
In 2019, Whitney received the Best of Show award at the Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition for her painting, “Ocotillo Sky.” Whitney has been working in oil since the age of fifteen, teaching herself the language of the medium ever since. Though she studied at California College of the Arts, in Oakland and San Francisco and attained a BFA, she considers herself a self-taught painter. She moved to the Mojave Desert in 2010 to feed her inspiration with the vast beauty, and to paint amongst the granite and the stars.
“My vision of the west relies on my relationship to the desert, where the sun-drenched land, the iconic formations of stone and the strange hardy flora are all characters in my work. Articulated in intimate scenes of a vast land, my paintings are an ode to these remarkable facets of the desert. Residing in the Mojave high desert for the last decade, my fascination with the dry, rugged scenery has led me into an artful study of this region where inspiration is offered daily. Rendered in a tight, yet painterly style with bold, saturated color, it is my goal to present new or perhaps overlooked perspectives on this place that is close to my heart, this place I call home.” – Whitney Gardner