This is a rarely seen view of Swansea town centre and surrounds as seen through a telescopic lens from the beach at Mumbles - I loved this viewed when I first saw it, especially as one can see The Black Mountain (in the Brecon Beacons National Park) in the distant background.
This painting shows me why I love Swansea and South Wales. With all the huddled up houses hanging onto hills and valleys and sliding down to the sand of Swansea Bay.
It is like the Valleys of South Wales are transplanted to the seaside.
As a result this view almost has a slight incongruity to it.
It is as if, in a child like manner, two of my favourite aspects of Wales have been sandwiched together, the glorious coastline and the beautifully sculpted valleys in one view.
Best of both worlds.
For me this makes Swansea the heart of and gateway to South West and West Wales.
A transition physically and geologically from the Valleys to the breathtaking coastline that lies around the corner of Mumbles and all the way up West Wales to the jutting rugged glory of the North Wales coastline.
oil painting on linen canvas