I went to pick up some first finals from the artist Nara today. Maharjan, his studio manager had lost his home to Kathmandu's 7.9 earthquake.
One of my very great clients who had commissioned a Danger Dog has graciously donated $150 to him to help. Maharjan was absolutely thrilled. I could only give him $100 today, but I will give him another $50 on Saturday. I am working locally so that I can get him some more help. But there are so many people that have lost their homes. The Nepali papers today mentioned that they estimate that 65% of homes are safe in Kathmandu Valley, but that means that 35% are red or yellow tagged.
Maharjan lives to the north of Kathmandu in Thankot. This used to be a rural area, but Kathmandu's sprawl has taken over. The artist Nara also lives there, but fortunately his home was spared.
I apologize in advance for the glare on the photos.
Louie and Stella are a handsome pair of dogs. I left the chalk marks on, so that is what those lines are...
Angel was a Cocker Spaniel and English Spaniel mix and this is her first final by Nara. This good dog had a good 13 years with her young companion and is dearly missed.
Zaire the Zen Dog is hand painted on metal by Nara. The Nepali script here reads 'Dharma Kukur' or Religious Dog in Nepali.
Ayla the Shy Chihuahua by Nara is adorable. This is her first final. Two more portraits of Ayla to emerge soon!
Kearney the Standard Poodle by Nara Arts. This happy pup certainly has a big smile.
Mr. Gracie the Norwegian Forest Cat relaxing in this folk art portrait by Nara.
Juno looks like a big Polar Bear in his final portrait by Nara.
Indie's portrait is almost done. Nara just needs to do more work on her eyes.
The 7.9 earthquake as much of Nepal down but not out. It will take a long time to recover from the devastating loss of life and homes. Many of their most treasured, beautiful and religious buildings have also been destroyed.
Stay tuned to see how you can help. Please be careful who you donate to, as you want the money to go to aid, not into someone's pocket. I am researching carefully to see how best to help.
Thank you again to all who have reached out to find a way to help.
I am leaving Kathmandu early to raise funds for Nepal's people. In 2 short weeks -- though it felt like a lifetime -- the 6 artists that were able will have painted 48 portraits. I believe that it helped them return to normality.
If you would like to order a portrait of your own pet, I plan to return to Nepal in September to continue hiring these artists. I know they need the money now more than ever. Please go to NepalDog.com to see how to order. I will update that site when I return to the US.
I pay fair trade wages and every artist got a raise this trip - without them asking.
Let's keep these artists working.