I recently saved these paintings--dangerously stacked in a thriftstore. They're by an artist named Ruth Dennison. I looked her up and found a famous Buddhist teacher, known for being the first woman to lead an all woman Buddhist retreat in America. As a Buddhist I found this interesting. Alas, she wasn't the woman who painted these. Another Ruth, who recently passed, painted them. However, they both lived within close proximinity to me. The Buddhist Ruth lives in Joshua Tree, while the Painter Ruth lived in Oxnard.
How strange that two woman who share the same name and have the same interests as I do should occupy the same space. Something to think about.