Signed lower right: George Thomas
Oil on Linen, 25 x 20 cm, Framed
Sao Luis, Brazil
This is the historical centre of São Luís. It was founded in 1612 by Daniel de la Touche de la Ravardière (a French naval officer) and named in honour of Louis XII. It is the only Brazilian state capital founded by the French and the original European architecture and layout of the town survives to this day.
After months in the jungle, the busy streets, wafting smells of petrol, perfume, restaurant food and markets were a complete assault on the senses. These scenes were in sharp contrast to the meandering rivers, crashing waterfalls and vibrant flora and fauna. Returning to 21st century metropolitan life made me realise how keenly the Amazon Rainforest had sharpened my awareness to my surroundings.