Karen was inspired to paint Ihlara celebrating the beauty of the Ihlara Valley in Kapadokya, Turkey.
"It is made up of symbolic shapes and strong colours representing the four dominant moods I wanted to express.
I walked in the valley, 15 years ago, in April. The tourist season hadn’t begun; there were few people about, and the large rocks, some as big as houses, tumbled into my memory, much as they seemed still to be in movement though they were quite still. The trees were lightly-leaved slender chartreuse."
Karen Sole January 2019
Acrylic on canvas 102cm x 102cm