Many artists like to paint landscapes for many different reasons; nostalgia, beauty, the want to be there. all are valid reasons. I paint them because I feel I can create an emotional bond with my viewers and thus communicate ideas or feelings to them. I do this best with light. Light is the reason for the season!!
I share all your reasons for painting landscapes, but add that tourists are my biggest buyers because they enjoy taking a “little bit of (wherever) home with them.” Yes, lighting makes the landscape, whether a cloudy moody day or a windy bright one. Those final vibrant highlights really bring it all together, don’t they?