Lydia Ruyle is an artist, author, scholar emerita of the Visual Arts faculty of the University of Northern Colorado. Her research into sacred images of women has taken her around the globe. Ruyle creates and exhibits her art and does workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her Goddess Icon Spirit Banners which made their debut in 1995 at the Celsus Library, Ephesus, Turkey, have flown in over forty countries.
Her art is included in thirty books. Goddess Icons Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine, was published in 2002. Turkey Goddess Icon Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine was published in Istanbul in 2005. Mexico and Mesoamerican Goddess Icon Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine will be published in 2014.