Burnham Stave -North Norfolk

#shiftingtides – flowing lines

The mass of shells on this beach made its own composition [Cat: 9999, Sea Shells, Burnham Stave, 12 x 16” / 30 x 40 cm, Digital Watercolour, 2013]
The North Norfolk coast is a special place, where flat landscapes melt into a vast grey-green sea beneath 180 degrees of sky. The defenceless nature of the landscape and the fertility of the land has invited invaders for millennia and probably will for millennia to come. The shifting coastline throws up new sandbars, land locking ports and drowning villages, all adding to its mystery.

There is so much to attract the artist. For me it is the shifting nature of the place; in the course of a day an ancient church can be bathed in sunlight or lost in a misty rain, an Iceni place of worship can become a thriving community church.


Peter Town is a born storyteller gifted with an ability to translate both everyday quirks and deeper philosophical musing through his work. Often using strong lines, vibrant colours and symbolism in his pictures, Town has combined a long and successful career as a designer and entrepreneur with a vibrant artist portfolio. Many of Town’s paintings use strong shapes and primary colours, such as the Stairs series, whilst others are quieter and more contemplative as they represent a more tranquil inner space. His abstract series of prints and paintings represent works where the narrative is more ambiguous but ever-present. He sees landscapes, interior spaces and natural forms as abstract shapes and colours and transcribes these onto canvas. Having studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham in the era when Michael Craig-Martin, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Jim Dine wielded their influence, Town went on to the Royal College of Art. Taking advantage of his brilliance for being able to communicate ideas through illustration, Town went on to have a hugely successful career over four decades as a designer. Throughout, he has continued to paint and to develop his artistic style through drawings, acrylics, photography, and printmaking.