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Udny Arms Hotel Commission

In April 2023 I was commissioned by the Udny Arms Hotel to create a large oil painting for their restaurant. The hotel was still being renovated at the time, so the process involved working with their interior designer, Morag Cameron, who described the nautical inspiration behind the room’s design, as well as giving me furnishing samples for colour matching. The idea was that the painting be a continuation of the view from the 3 large picture windows which look over the estuary towards the dunes in the distance.

I loved working so large! The painting is 1.8m square, and the subject matter is right up my street so it was a pleasure to work on – if a little nerve-wracking at times, as a commission always is! I finally handed over the finished piece in August and the hotel reopened in October. It was fun to see the painting in-situ with the room all done up, and a relief to see it fitted in nicely. The hotel is a fantastic (re)addition to Newburgh; so many people have fond memories of the Udny Arms and I think this renovated version really does those memories justice, adding a modern twist to an old classic.

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Christmas Shop 2022!

Christmas is coming! And to help with the problem of gifting, my Christmas shop will be open tomorrow – Saturday 26th November – 10am-5pm at JB Studio in Newburgh.

I’ll have original oil paintings, card bundles, framed and unframed prints, Christmas decorations and a selection of gorgeous wooden items made from locally sourced wood (including driftwood from Newburgh Beach) by Bruce from The Cottack Workshop

Come along for a mince pie and mulled wine while you browse!

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The Colours of Home: New Paintings for NEOS 22

It’s that time of year again – North East Open Studios is nearly upon us! I’m looking forward to welcoming people into my studio from 10th-18th September, 10-5pm (closed Tues 13th) to see my new collection of paintings made especially for NEOS: ‘The Colours of Home’.

The colours of the north east have been my inspiration this year – from evening sunsets and morning beaches, to clear summer days and rainy midweek landscapes, there is always a new colour palette to explore 🎨

These brand new paintings will be available to see and purchase in my studio from 10th, and will also be available here on my website from then too.

I’ll be having a preview evening on Fri 9th September, 7.30-9.30pm – please come along for a drink and a chat! Otherwise I hope to see you during the NEOS week!

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Couple of Local Fundraisers

I was really happy to have sold 4 paintings at the Charlie House Fundraiser Art Exhibition above, raising £290 for the charity (50% of the sales went straight to them). They raised a fantastic £7,000 from the event, which is brilliant for such a worthwhile charity.

I’m also donating the painting below of the Ythan Estuary to the local Newburgh Gala, to auction off in their Silent Auction tomorrow, 28th May, in the Beer Tent. Hopefully it will raise a bit for Gala funds!

Pastel on pastelbord, 12 x 10″ (framed), float mounted behind non-reflective glass in an oak frame.
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Christmas Shopping Day TODAY!

It’s 21 days until Christmas – is your shopping done??

If not – or if you fancy treating yourself – pop along to JB Studio & Gallery today, Sat 4th December from 10-5pm!

There will be a large selection of original pastel drawings, oil paintings, framed and unframed prints, and boxes of greetings cards, all with a focus on this area of the northeast coastline.

I’m really excited about these tiny pastel drawings, fresh from the framer with a large mount and gold leaf frame – at £145 they’d make a lovely gift.

And these small jewel-like oil paintings are also a new addition to my shop – framed in a ‘St Ives’ double mount frame, I think it’s like looking through a little window onto a snapshot of nature!
These are £150-£160, perfect for a special and unique gift.

Hope to see you today but if not all available work will be for sale through my website too. Merry Christmas!

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NEOS 2021

Looking forward to welcoming visitors to my studio from this Saturday! I’m open 10-5pm every day from 11th-19th September except Tuesday 14th when I’m closed. I’ll have many new paintings, drawings, prints and cards for sale. Also paintings by my father, George Strachan, will be on display too.
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NEOS 2020








I’m really looking forward to NEOS this year, even though it will be a bit different due to covid restrictions. I have made a new body of work based around big skies and am looking forward to showing it. Luckily my studio is accessed through the garden so there’s no problem with having to go through my house. I am thinking it will be the same as visiting a shop, so please:

  • wear your mask
  • use the hand sanitiser I will provide
  • only 4 people will get in at once
  • and I am planning to have a 1-way system if it’s busy, so people can come in and go out different doors

I really hope people will still feel able & confident to come out to NEOS, a bit of culture is good for the soul in these challenging times! Click Here to see my new NEOS work based around the title ‘Receding Horizons’.


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Painting Featured on Cover of ‘Lifestyle’ Mag

I’m very excited that the free Moray magazine ‘Lifestyle’ has used my painting ‘Rocky View‘ on their front cover this month! I love it & think they have picked up the highlight colours really well in the design.

The magazine has a whole feature article on upcoming NEOS which hopefully will encourage people to come out for the event. You can read the magazine here.

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Artists Support Pledge

I’m taking the plunge and supporting the Artists Support Pledge movement, which was set up by artist Matthew Burrows in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is a global movement where artists can post work to sell for under £200 (excluding shipping) on Instagram under the hashtag #artistsupportpledge. If and when they sell £1000 worth of work, they pledge to spend £200 on another artists’ work. There is also the option to give a donation to charity. The work is for anyone to buy and is a great way to get affordable artwork.