Collage of shapes created from abstract expressionist works of Ruth Armer and Buffie Johnson.
Ruth Armer (1896-1977), landscape/portrait artist, lithographer, commercial illustrator, teacher, began experimenting with abstraction in the thirties, and became involved in the Abstract Expressionist movement in the late forties. She taught for years in the Bay area and was an active exhibiting artist until her death. Many of her works feature desert scenes, giant sequoias, and her beloved city of San Francisco.
Buffie Johnson (1912-2006) began showing her paintings in the thirties and continued to exhibit until the end of her life. Deeply influenced by the psychologist Carl Jung, she was concerned with the intersection of spiritualism, myth and symbol, and her work moved from Surrealism to abstract canvases of intense color and pure form. In later years, she turned to huge realistic paintings of flowers and other plants imbued with texture.