Editor. Note: Artist Fitz Maurice has set out to paint live at all of the US national parks. She will be submitting her stories from the road to StuNewsLaguna from time to time.

Recent painting, “ONCE” has an ancient connection
Story and photos by FITZ MAURICE

While on the quest – exploring the vast desert park that is Saguaro National Park in Arizona, I discovered an ancient petroglyph that was a ringer for my recent oil painting titled “ONCE.”
The petroglyph was created by the Hohokam people; an ancient people who lived and carved images into stone thousands of years ago.


Fitz Maurice encountered an ancient petroglyph that looks like one of  her own paintings


A close-up of the ancient petroglyph Fitz found in the Saguaro National Park, Sonoran Desert, Arizona

In the petroglyph we can see that the ancient people were honoring and communicating a spiraling vortex of energy thousands of years ago. I am a 21st century artist who painted this exact same image recently. It’s incredible to me to discover this same image out in the middle of the desert while hiking along on the quest – looking for the ultimate Saguaro scene to paint.


“ONCE,” a recent oil painting (24” X 36”) from the ILLUMINISM series by FITZ Maurice

I guess my image of “ONCE” makes me a rock artist!

Another great discovery I made while at Saguaro National Park was Abe Valenzuela. He is Native American, from the Zapotec tribe and a volunteer at the Saguaro National Park.
Before the public video was played to a full audience at the West Visitor Center, Abe spoke about how his tribe believes that the saguaro cactus are their actual ancestors and that they need to be respected as such. He went on to say how they believe that there is one Creator above all his creations – from mankind to animals, to all of nature.
Abe says, “We are all one!” He closed with words of encouragement for everyone to show their respect for the land and all living things “as if you are one with them.”
I believe that these ancient people were honoring and communicating the same message that I am today: All is one.
I feel that, like them, all humans have a deep inner knowledge that there is a higher Creator. His signature is on every cell of every chromosome in humans, animals, nature, and in the universe. The more I am immersed in nature and the more I paint it, the more this is proven to me.
We are all one with all!
To see the “ONCE” oil painting, and the ILLUMINISM series, visit Main Beach Fine Art, located at 206 North Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach.

FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every national park in America. Now totally committed to helping promote and protect the parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer, living and painting in each park. Hiking, kayaking and horseback riding in search of the ultimate scene, and finally setting up with portable easel and oil paints, FITZ sets out to capture in paint the wonders that make every national park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world.