These sketches were drawn and painted on location during recent trips primarily to my mother’s homeland, the Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim.
Sikkim, a state of India since 1975, is comparable in area to Delaware, but ranges in altitude from sea level to the the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchendzonga. Lower regions are coated in dense subtropical rainforest, luring 19th century British botanists and entomologists with its notable biodiversity of orchid and butterfly species. Middle altitudes are ideal for growing tea: The famous tea growing region, Darjeeling, was part of Sikkim until the mid 19th century. Remote monasteries perch on its high hills, practicing a version of Tibetan Buddhism introduced by its patron saint, Guru Padmasambhava.