Live from Nepal: Pokhara's Mountain Beauty
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Live from Nepal: Studio visit with Shahi


Nepali painter with his art
Shahi with his paintings to be sold in gift shops.



The artist Shahi has begun this season's Nepal Art Dogs.   I have been hiring Shahi since my first Danger Dog trip in June, 2007.   He has moved studios, and I had a hard time finding him, but am glad to see that he now has a thriving business painting Nepal mountain scenes for the local stores.


Nepali sign painter in Pokhara
Shahi looking through the book 'Sign Painters' by Faythe Levine & sam Macon


Folk art mural by Shahi in Pokhara
Mural by Shahi

 I came across this mural by Shahi the other day.   

Shahi has painted some fine dogs and cats (and horses, too) over the years.

Nepali sign painter with his folk art
Shahi in 2007 with his first Nepal Art Dog portraits

Shahi immediately impressed me with his portraits of a greyhound, a cat and a horse in 2007.

See more of what Shahi has in store on  Shahi on

Stay tuned to see what Shahi will come up with this trip!

Want to immortalize your pet and help sign painters in Nepal?

You can order your own portrait of your own dog and help to support the sign painters of Nepal whose work is disappearing.


Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the Spring 2014 trip.  I will be back in June 2014.

1. Please send me a photo of your pet.  I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:  
That's it !

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!

 The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $22 per sign (to the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.   For overseas orders, I find the least expensive method of shipping.
Pay after choosing your portrait. 
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).

Let's keep these artists painting.

This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!



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