River Taw, Barnstaple

One of my first paintings dating back to 1989. This scene brings back many happy memories for me of summer holidays spent surfing on the North Devon coast with my friends. One particular day there mustn’t have been much of a swell, so we ventured into Barnstaple – the nearest reasonable sized town close to our surfing beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde, and Saunton Sands.

I recall a cloudless morning without a breath of wind and the river Taw was like a mirror with the various boats reflecting in its water. The viewpoint is from the old Barnstaple Town Station with the disused trackbed in the distance heading towards Fremington Quay. This impression returned home with me and I completed the piece in 1990.

River Taw at low tide

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