A local artist has loaned a painting of a mountain to AM Leanne Wood in recognition of her love of walking the Rhondda countryside.
Stephen Inkpen has allowed his acrylic painting of Trebanog mountain to be displayed in the constituency office of the Plaid Cymru Leader following an exhibition at the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Bay.
The vivid red colours used in the painting are a result of Mr Inkpen’s eye condition ‘Synaesthesia’ which enables him to associate a building, a person or an entire landscape with a particular colour.
He said: “When I came back to live in the valleys after living in Caerleon I thought it would be nice to paint the Rhondda after painting all sorts of other locations. I decided to paint Trebanog mountain as it is where I grew up; it’s where I spent a lot of time playing across the mountains when I was little. It’s a bit of a nostalgia thing for me.”
He added: “One day on social media I saw that Leanne had done a walk around that mountain. The painting had just been returned to me following an exhibition so I thought it would be better in Leanne’s office on display rather than in my studio as it is not open to the public.”
Leanne said: “I love this painting because it perfectly captures the rugged beauty of the Rhondda landscape. Stephen has done a fantastic job of painting the wonders of this part of the Rhondda.
“Like Stephen, I am familiar with this particular mountain. I walked it recently and it provided a stern test of fitness but the view at the top made it all worthwhile.
“I would like to thank Stephen for the loan of this painting. It now takes pride of place in my constituency office in Porth where it cannot be missed by visitors.”
If anyone would like to check out Stephen’s other work, they can visit his website www.carwart.com