Bahir Al Badry’s art studio sits perched on the 2nd floor of Oasis Fine Art & Craft with a bird’s eye view of the gallery and shop below. Like any nest, it is a place of comfort and creation. Music drifted upwards as I climbed the stairs to meet Bahir, and on entering his space I found myself surrounded by color, meaning, and intensity.
I took a seat at the small table facing an interior window overlooking the store — Bahir remarked that it reminded him of looking out a ship’s window when he worked as a marine engineer. Indeed he looked comfortable sitting there, against a vibrant and emotive backdrop of his life’s work and passion. Bahir offered me date cookies made by his wife and a mango drink and then spoke about his life, one woven together by hard work and education, blessings and opportunities, loss and chaos, and a love of family, art, and the world.