Gutierrez transformed a blank wall on the side of the Margood History and Community Center in Goodland into a beautiful mural during her two week stay on the island.
“This is my second time to Goodland,” Gutierrez said. “We came from San Diego to visit my boyfriend’s parents. I love painting murals. It’s my biggest passion as an artist. I think that muralism is a really powerful tool to give people inspirational messages. To give a community roots. I know that Goodland is a really unique place. I feel really blessed to be giving back to this community. I know that after the hurricane a lot of people are just trying to get things back together. Some people were affected more than others.”Gutierrez was moved to give something back to the community of Goodland and was thrilled when the western wall of the community center was offered up to her. The location of the wall was special to her, next to the bay and adjacent to a playground.
“The mural’s inspired by the culture of this land,” Gutierrez said. “The native people who lived in this land for thousands of years. Their way of life was water. Water is symbolic of all humanity—not just the Calusa. Water is a very delicate resource that is taken for granted. It’s life. Without water we don’t have anything. The theme for this mural is this native woman is a representation of earth. Her hair is water flowing. The idea is that water is life. And there’s going to be cypress trees and the blue heron. Just a few symbols that are part of the ecosystem of this part of the world. Another thing I love is that the wall is facing a park for children. I think it’s important that the future generations are inspired to create change in this world. I’m just following my life’s purpose as an artist, using muralism as a tool for giving messages to people through art, through color, through inspiration. To create change in a positive way.
Gutierrez worked diligently to complete the mural during her two week vacation. Her mural, Water is Life, will inspire others for years and years.