It's all about entering the spaces I have created in these oil paintings and absorbing the atmosphere in there. Even the most mundane of scenes can, when viewed at the right time or in the correct light, become seductive.
I tend to shy away from painting scenes of grandeur as I believe this to be the province of photography, but back in 1872 when Otto Friedrich Geleng painted his Amphitheatre At Taormina it would have been a different story. I love the prickly pear in the foreground. Mount Etna is smoking in the distance.