​​R. Shah Studio

​​​​​Peace. ART. Soul.

"Let your memory be your travel bag"

 - Alessandro Solzhenitsyn

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

I have been to the Taj Mahal 3 times - always during the day.  It's made of white marble - which I have heard glows during the full moon.

"Adventure is Worthwhile"

 - Aesop

Mt. Fuji is revered in Japan as both the creator and the destroyer.  It's presence is as overwhelming in real life; as it is in the multitude of Japanese artworks - both historic and present.

"Travel makes one modest.  You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world."

 Gustave Flauber

Sapa Rice Paddies, Vietnam

Hiking in Northern Vietnam through the Sapa region was a meditative connection with nature

"The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step"

 - Lao Tzu

The Great Wall of China

Portion of Wall 3 hours outside of Beijing, China

Walking on ground where men treaded centuries ago - imagining a time warp.

"Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of god,"

 -Maya Angelou

Arashiyama River, Kyoto, Japan

Touring along this river, I felt a sense of calm being on the water and taking in the scenery.

"Once a year, go someplace you've never been before."

 - Dalai Lama

Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan

A Shogun's country home made of gold brings a sense of awe.

In preparation for my next series of paintings and a future exhibition, I am "practicing" in a Journal I am calling "My Spirit Book".  Building on inspiration from the photographs and landscapes from my travels; these images are Japanese Brush Painting/Watercolor on Handmade Paper and the book is sized 9" x 12".

I also write about this endeavor in my blog.

"Not all those who wander are lost"

 - J.R.R. Tolkien

Hanazono Mountain in Hirafu

Hokkaido, Japan

The gentle swishing of the skis on the powdered snow is a memory I enjoy revisiting.

"Not until we are lost, do we begin to understand ourselves" -Henry David Thoreau

​Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam has been on my "list" of places to visit since I was a teenager.  The limestone formations are amazing

"Everything you can imagine is real"

-Pablo Picasso

​Sagano Bamboo Forest, Arishiyama-Kyoto, Japan

The Bamboo Forest in Kyoto is on of the most calming and beautiful places I have ever been.  You can hear the wind rustle through the Bamboo

"Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness"

 - Ray Bradbury

The Mango Tree Lounge at the Farm in San Benitas, Lipa City, Philippines

This is where the peacocks come to rest every evening, to sleep for the night.  Hearing their wings flap as they climb the tree branches to their places of slumber created a magical experience for the senses.