"When I've painted there in late autumn
I have been so turned on by the warm earth colours, with the tones
of the receding hills modified by the mists. Sometimes the vine leaves
are set against the sky in dark silhouette but often the light glows
through them giving rich, luminous tones of gold and red."
"The beauty of the landscape is so
spectacular, particularly when the distances are shrouded in mists,
with layer after layer of tonal change. Sensibly the Italians built
their villages, with villas, castles and churches, on the tops of
hills and in silhouette these are quite breathtaking."
"I love particularly the patterns of
the landscape. This is the wine growing region of the renowned Barolo
wine, where the vineyards create wonderful rhythms following the
contours of the hills."
"Visually the area is quite stunning
- the hills and valleys are so pronounced that you get vista
after vista receding into the distance and there are more hill
towns in that one region than anywhere else I have ever been,