Many of these portraits continue from the exhibit “Things Fall Apart”, an outgrowth of my Urban Ruins series. These partially presentational paintings are influenced by natural forms, urban forms, portraiture, and the physicality of history as expressed in everyday environments. During the art making process, I continue to use torn papers, debris, found objects, house paint, and vintage wallpapers reflective of personalized spaces. The exhibit explores the impact of time and history on the human experience. Some paintings address a connection with ancestry or history, while others reflect upon the decay of home, ancestry and memory.