About Us

Artful Ruins™, Art, Antiques & All Natural Handmade Soaps & Lotions specializes in Original Art & Photography, hand painted Wallets, Purses and Bags, Signs, Gifts & Specialty Items, as well as the amazing authentic Greek Iconography and Byzantine style artwork of San Diego’s now local artist, Emmanuel Saltis, originally from Naxos Greece. Our on-line shop exclusively carries our amazing line of all natural soaps, lotions and skin care called Mortar & Pestle skincare™. This is our very own signature line of natural lotions, parfums & cologne, tonics and shave creams and specialty skincare items! We also feature exquisite authentic Antiques, rare Vintage items and Fine Art, mounted photography & re-prints. We take custom orders for hand-painted or penned calligraphy, hand-painted signs, furniture, reprints and specialty jobs. Our actual shop & art gallery was located on the north end of 30th street at Adams Avenue in the Antique Row area of East University Heights in San Diego CA. We’ve recently closed the store front to focus on our on-line production. Thank you for shopping with us!  ~ Skyler Dennon & Emmanuel Saltis.


Dresser 2012 In Progress - Emmanuel Saltis
Dresser 2012 In Progress – Emmanuel Saltis

Born in Greece to a family of painters, Emmanuel is the first of his family to show a completed collection in the US.

His family originates from Naxos Island in Kyklades combo, Greece. Two members of the Saltis family, Great uncles Antonios and Gerasimos lived until 1915 as monks and icon makers in the mount Athos or Agio Oros, the monastic center of the Greek Orthodox Church, a state-within-state and a living museum and spiritual center of Greece .Emmanuel’s Grandfather Georgios Saltis, and Aunt Irini Salti-Mihail [painters and artisans] provided Emmanuel his first impressions of art, having exposed him to beautiful painting and artistry. With studies in decorative art, the history of art in different cultures, the art of sculpture and materials transformation, jewelry design, furniture styles as well as world religions, the artist within Emmanuel emerged. He has made several personal shows of art at cultural centers in Greece and throughout Europe. He has taken part in collaborative showings with other artists as well as numerous family art shows with work on porcelain, canvas, wood, glass, oil and pastel colors, water colors, subjects from nature, and of course his masterings in egg tempera, the Icons.Emmanuel’s icon making and oil painting (landscape, human portraits and life scenes) are having the basics of the Byzantine technique with influences from western painting. Born into a family of painters he grew up in an artistic climate allowing influences from this up-bringing to be ever present in his work, rooted back to his earliest presentation [age 12]. Major art works of Emmanuel can be seen in several churches throughout Greece and in personal collections throughout Europe. He and his aunt Irini are currently the last painters remaining in the family’s blood-line.
www.artfulruins.com, Art, Antiques, All Natural Handmade Soaps, Natural, Organic Lotions. san diego, CA 92116
 Madonna-and-Child, Perseverance - June-2010 - Emmanuel Saltis
Madonna-and-Child, Perseverance – June-2010 – Emmanuel Saltis

Welcome to Artful Ruins, Art, Antiques and Natural Soaps & Lotions.  We have had a wonderful time sharing our shop with you. We Love what we do and are humbled and appreciate your interest. Our philosophy is simple; to create authentic handmade merchandise that stands the test of time and touches base with life in an artful and useful way. We are updating our supplies regularly and making all new wonderful hand-made merchandise so please visit us regularly.We have gathered amazing Antiques & Collectibles, Fine Art, Pharmaceutical Blown-Glass Apothecary Bottles, Original Photography, Vintage and Handmade Hats, Beaded Jewelry, Hand-Crafted Pillows, our own Hand-Painted Re~Crafted Furniture, Signs & Wooden Boxes, custom Calligraphy, Original Art & Matted Photography, as well as our very special amazing ‘Mortar & Pestle’ line of All Natural handmade Soaps & Lotions, Lip Balms, Scrubs, Creams and Essential Oil blends and more!If you haven’t already, be sure to visit us on Facebook and like our pages! https://www.facebook.com/ArtfulRuins and https://www.facebook.com/mortarandpestlebodycare
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