Featured Artist in City Art Show


FITZ painting in Death Valley National Park


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Siân Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager
Saturday, March 7, 2015
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—Feb. 26. 2015—Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be the final opportunity this season for art enthusiasts to visit local professional artists in their studios during the popular Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios event. Participants can catch the free shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, and take advantage of free parking for this free, unparalleled artistic adventure. A lucky participant will be eligible to receive two free loge center tickets to this summer’s world-famous Pageant of the Masters (valued up to $220). A form will be handed out, just have an artist at each of the five stops sign it, then enter the drawing to win. The winner will be notified.
Artist Open Studios is a celebration of Laguna’s thriving visual arts community. It is not only a fantastic opportunity to see, buy or commission art, or find original gifts. It is also a venture to explore the city’s iconic artist colony – a time to uncover new talent and rediscover established artists. Who could resist the chance to step into the heart of where art is created, to experience something unique, something you just can’t see anywhere else?
Here, visitors will have the pleasure of seeing the unveiling of painter Fitz Maurice’s latest work, a new National Park’s painting, as she continues on the QUEST that will ultimately be capturing in paint all 59 National Parks across the country.
“I have been on this QUEST for three years now – I am painting ‘live’ in each National Park. I am greatly inspired by the monumental beauty that surrounds me, lifting my spirit, and reviving my soul,” said Maurice. “These oil paintings vibrate with inspiration and ring with the truth that is inherent in all of nature.”

When people visit Maurice’s studio – they will see all the newest paintings that the artist has created on the QUEST. “I have traveled to and painted over 16 National Parks so far. I have already come to see that each park has its own wonders to be discovered and portrayed,” Maurice said. “When first arriving in a new park – I set out hiking, kayaking, horseback riding – searching for the ultimate scene that I will capture in an oil painting.”

Maurice said that she has had the pleasure of encouraging many others to go to their parks. “Visitors who come to my studio are excited and compelled to plan their next trip with family or friends, when they realize how easy and inexpensive the adventure can be,” Maurice said. “There are nine National Parks right here in California – all within easy reach. Our National Parks are the Greatest Branch of Peace that we extend to the world.”

 “We are here to learn and grow – nature can teach more to your entire being – mind, body, and soul than any other experience,” Maurice said. “I love learning and growing immersed in nature as a human being, who desires to be one with nature. As an artist, in a world of technology, I am painting to capture and communicate the sensuality and freedom that is available through experiencing the wonders of nature.”