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Ruth's oil paintings are inspired by a plethora of exceptional experiences, books, dreams, visions, the natural environment and travel.  Long ago she realized that she had married her passion for travel with her dedication to drawing and painting. Whether traveling here in the U.S. or abroad for extended periods (Central and South America, Africa, Europe) she typically spends two months each year 'independently' backpacking. Ruth uses public transportation, eats in busy markets, stays in simple accommodations, and hikes through the countryside or national parks. She takes a lot of photos, using them as references for future paintings. Through the love of exploration and her 'visual lens' - Ruth continues to surrealistically document numerous cultures, environments, and indigenous crafts which are rapidly changing and endangered. She states, "each painting begins with a VISION and the desire to create 'Art for Art's Sake'.

Ruth's artwork has won numerous awards at local, state, and national levels. She has also been the recipient of several grant awards. Her artwork can be found in private and public collections in the U.S. and overseas. 

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Title: 'Paradigm Shifting'   40 X 30"

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