Ruth Bolduan spent her childhood in Germany and the Washington, DC area. A life of global travel has provided the basis for her work which draws on diverse visual traditions, while remaining firmly entrenched in Western thought. Her current work, based on months spent wandering in Yuan Ming Yuan Park in Beijing, is centered on the idea of the ecological history of a place as a carrier of meaning. She is drawn to these powerful places found at the intersection of nature and human culture, where memory is preserved in the landscape itself. Bolduan maintains a studio in Richmond, Virginia, where she was a professor of painting at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts for 32 years. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and she has been the recipients of numerous grants, commissions, and residencies.