I was on a walking holiday in 2008 to Turkey, visiting both the city of Istanbul and the Cappadochia region. It's an ancient and fascinating country. I especially enjoyed a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Cappadochian countryside (which I have yet to paint!) and meeting some lovely people. This painting is from a photo provided by a friend. I was not there at the time of year to have enjoyed it in person. Some people have said they feel like they are swept up and riding along with this rider. That's the best compliment as I painted it to capture the power and speed of the horse as well as the skill of the rider.