Taken individually or as a group, this series considers a range of definitions of ruins. Ruins, whether physical, spiritual, or psychological structures, have the capacity to simultaneously contain the essence of past and future. They exist as part of an on going cycle of change, experienced only in the present moment. They reveal what was and suggest both interrupted realities and unrealized possibilities. The process of decay is necessary in order for something new or different to emerge from the ruins. As the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, says, “No mud, no lotus”. These ancient and not so ancient ruins tell deeply personal stories of their inhabitants. As an artist I am exploring what will emerge from my own sundry ruins encountered up to now.