I had always wanted to paint a series of layered hills, and found my inspiration on a photoshoot in Portugal. Late on a
December afternoon I drove up a long, narrow, winding road. When I arrived at the top a spectacular vista unfolded
around me. I imagined a narrative, and started to photograph. But only when I repainted the pictures, did the story take shape in my mind. The colour palette ranges from saturated jewel colours to shadowy earth tones, textured greys,
and soft but gloomy winter whites.