Painting this panoramic view is one of my happiest memories of Italy. It was 2007, and I was staying at a pensione high above Praiano, called L'Aquila. I painted it mostly from life, on the balcony outside my room. The view from that height is stupendous. I worked in the morning when the sun was shining across the sea and lighting up the cream buildings of Positano, in the next bay along the coast, making them shine like white gold. The sea was glassy at that time of day and the reflection of the town gleamed and glistened. Only a few boats were out; most were moored on the bay of Positano. Beyond Positano, the coast road ran along on the cliffs at the foot of the mountains, and disappeared into the tunnel beyond the town. From there, it would snake across the peninsula to Sorrento. In the foreground, on the right, is the Tritone Hotel, dwarfed by distance and the mountains.