Among the American artists, Berry is most attached to a landscape of distant mountains of Colorado painted from the back porch of his house. But his favourite is an impressionistic work, Cedar in the Foothills, by Birger Sanden.
The embassy collection also includes two works of art by a father-son, master-student, Nepali-American duo. Urgyen Dorje’s classic thangka done in 1988 hangs on one wall, while opposite it is his son Ang Tsherin Sherpa’s impressionistic take on traditional Tibeto-Nepali art. Ang Tsherin learnt thangka techniques from his father, but after attending art school in the US, started experimenting with more modern forms of expression that challenged the pre-determined style of devotional art. Now an American citizen, Ang Tsherin still carries with him the artistic influence of his childhood in Nepal.
Two other items in the collection also show a cross-pollination of US-Nepali art. One is a shiny repousse Bhairav by Rabindra Shakya, and on the facing wall is a modern take on the technique done by his American art student, Maureen Drdak.