This picture was just done for fun one summer’s evening on the roof of our home in Orvieto. I had met the two friends just that morning. German students from Weimar, they were travelling round Italy on a camping holiday. Lyz and Julie stepped out of their old 90s car and into my gallery, youthful, travelling hopefully, wise but not worldly. I showed them an Alma Tadema sketch in oils, Exhausted Maenads after the Dance and we used that as our inspiration. It is a song of summer, a good to be alive sort of picture.