The Joshua Tree High Desert is an extraordinarily rich artistic region with a very high concentration of visual artists, musicians, writers, and filmmakers. Groundwork Arts taps into this resource and connects our students to art by bringing professional practicing artists into the schools.

ARTIST VIDEOS

ARTIST BIOS

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Gubby Beck

Featured Artist

Inspired by her South African heritage, Gubby started drawing animals and tribal patterns when she was only 4 years old. As she matured, her art evolved, developing into more complex surreal illustrations reminiscent of Salvador Dali and Dr. Seuss illustrations. In college, she discovered her love of metals and welding. Whilst still drawing and printmaking, her larger than life sculptures have taken her work to new dimensions. After graduating, Gubby traveled around the U.S. searching for a new place for inspiration. After dabbling in the Venice Beach street art scene, Gubby currently resides in Yucca Valley, California where she creates her steel sculptures, jewelry, and paintings.

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David Bottoms

Featured Artist

David was born and grew up in eastern Oklahoma. From an early age he wanted to be a painter. David graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and left for California a week later. He earned an MFA from UCSB and after stays in LA and New York I set up my painting studio in San Francisco. I chanced into making digital art after creating some paintings for Apple Computers. Eventually becoming a motion graphics artist in the tech industry for years. Following that career I moved to the desert to resume my first love, painting.

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Jennifer Kane

Featured Artist

Jennifer Kane is an artist, teacher, and guide from Los Angeles, CA and currently resides in Joshua Tree, California.  Through a multidisciplinary art practice Ms. Kane creates opportunities for communities, both embedded and momentary, to gather in unexpected environments, inspiring a deeper understanding and reconnection to self, other, and place.  This is the landscape of her work, and the paintings, drawings, and writing she produces explore and embody these evolving relationships. Her paintings are held in private collection across the United States, and she still spends part of every summer guiding mountain expeditions in the Sierra.

In 2016, Kane received an MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. Currently she serves as the Executive Director of Arts Connection – the Arts Council of San Bernardino County. She is also a contributing writer to the Mojave Project and KCET Artbound.

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Elisabeth Pollnow

Featured Artist

Elisabeth Pollnow’s art borders on three-dimensional and two-dimensional forms that explore themes found in the natural world. Her early years spent living in isolated areas of North Dakota and Alaska gave her a deep sense of connection to nature. Finding inspiration from her surroundings has been a lifelong focus. Elisabeth has a BA in art from Evangel University and has worked as a professional artist for 15 years. She has worked in the entertainment industry as well as a professional contract sculptor, working on large-scale projects for public monuments within the Los Angeles area. Elisabeth has exhibited in Pasadena, San Fernando, the Morongo Valley and has taught drawing in Orvieto, Italy. She is currently a member of the California Art Club, Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council, Gallery 62, and Twentynine Palms Artist Guild.

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Jillian Sandell

Featured Artist

I am an educator and artist who first started drawing at the age of 50. I live in Joshua Tree and living in such close proximity to desert plants and animals has allowed me to observe the subtle shifts in the environment through time. My ink drawings and risograph prints highlight and transform small details of the desert environment into abstract compositions to capture its resilience across both human and geological time. While my zines and cards about living in the desert, cancer treatment, and the minutiae of everyday life mix hand-drawn cartoons, narrative, and abstract images.