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.

 FITZ and Canyonlands

Fitz Maurice, in Canyonlands National Park, reflects on nature and captures the sky

On the quest, I found Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. This was the ultimate scene and inspired me to create an oil painting, titled “Entranced, Canyonlands National Park, Utah”.

This Mesa Arch is an entryway, an opening that captures your entire attention and defines the word “entranced”.

Mesa Arch is an icon in Canyonlands which holds many secret treasures you can discover.

While I was searching for the ultimate scene to paint I was delighted by amazing skies that were symphonies of color and light. I hoped to capture one of these skies in my painting – all at once dark with bruised purples then bursting with beams of light that splash on the vibrating orange and magenta sandstone landscape in a very surreal way.


A glimpse of Fitz’s painting, “Entranced Canyonlands National Park, Utah”

Out there nothing ever moves except the sky! For millions of years this unreal place has stood while being relentlessly whittled away by wind and rain. The very force that created this remarkable Mesa Arch will eventually cause its collapse. Endless years of water seeping into sandstone canyon walls, combined with continuous cycles of freezing and thawing, causes cracks and inevitable collapse.

Mesa Arch, carved by endless time, is the entryway to the prehistoric past.

FITZ Maurice has been on a quest to paint ‘live’ in every National Park in America. Now totally committed to help promote and protect the Parks, the artist is traveling by truck and trailer to 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 each National Park a treasure to Americans and all the people of the world.