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Fishermen’s Mission Catch of the Day project

I’m really excited to be taking part in this amazing fundraising project for the Fishermen’s Mission charity. 100 people including artists and celebrities have been asked to decorate a porcelain fish to be auctioned in May from their website

Here is mine called ‘Metallic Mack’. He is inspired by my time working in ‘the fish’ in Peterhead as a student…

“I was born and brought up in Peterhead, a place where fishing is a fundamental part of life. My grandpa was a fisherman and although my dad got too seasick to go out fishing, he has painted the sea and boats all his life. I picked up his interest in painting and left home to study at Edinburgh College of Art then Winchester School of Art, before returning to the North East to live and work as an artist painting the local coastline. When I was asked to paint the fish for The Fisherman’s Mission, I thought of the summers I spent working ‘in the fish’ back in Peterhead while I was a student. One summer I worked 12-hour nightshifts processing mackerel at a machine – when I shut my eyes all I could see were those silvery blue mackerel! My fish, ‘Metallic Mack’, is inspired by them.”

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Christmas Pop-Up Shop!

Can’t wait to have my annual Christmas pop-up shop on Saturday 1st December 10-5pm! Mulled wine & mince pies will be served while you look around our collection of original paintings, prints, cards and more. Clare Terris of Blue Wasp Creative will be there selling her illustrations and design work, as will Peterhead painter George Strachan.

20% Discount on all original paintings/pastels by Jane Bradford until 24th Dec if you use the code MERRYCHRISTMAS

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Aberdeen Art Fair & NEOS 2018

I am really excited and honoured to be exhibiting in the Aberdeen Art Fair for the first time this year, and also the North East Open Studios (NEOS) event for the 4th time!

The Art Fair is an annual event designed to give the public a chance to view and buy original artwork, and is on at the Beach Ballroom during the weekend of 8th-9th September, with a preview evening on Friday 7th 6-9pm.

I will be exhibiting a new series of work entitled ‘Big Beaches’ on Stand number 1 at the Beach Ballroom so please come along and see me there! Here is some info about the work I’m showing:

“It’s amazing how different the sea can look depending on the light, weather and time of day. It’s the same North Sea but it can be turquoise, navy, mauve, bottle green, ultramarine blue, steely grey or coral pink – sometimes all in the same day!

In this series of work, I’ve concentrated on a few of the ‘big beaches’ of the Northeast coastline. Newburgh, Forvie, Sandend, Balmedie, Hackley Bay, Cruden Bay and Aberdeen beaches have been the places. The inspiration has been capturing the sense of freedom and space I feel in these beautiful and often remote coastal locations where the sea meets the land. I hope viewers can relate to this feeling when looking at my work.”

NEOS is a yearly event, this year from Sat 8th – Sun 16th September, where artists show their work and offer it for sale to the public over a week long open studio. I am exhibiting with my dad, artist George Strachan. It’s a great opportunity to view and buy local quality artwork, so come and see us if you can!

For more information about the events, please see the Aberdeen Art Fair and NEOS websites contact me to ask anything.

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Big Beaches Series

I’m starting a new series of paintings inspired by the beautiful, sweeping, sandy beaches of Northeast Scotland. Here’s the first one of a moody Cruden Bay beach to start off.

I went to the beach, did some pastel sketches and took some photos, then did this painting back in the studio. It is 60 x 80cm in oil paint.

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Beautiful Bennachie

I’ve been out and about doing lots of small pastel sketches recently to use as source material for bigger paintings back at the studio. Here are a few of beautiful Bennachie, the biggest hill in these parts.

I section off a few boxes on my paper with masking tape and work on around 4 sketches at the same time, focussing on different aspects of colour, light, composition in each. The results give me lots of information to use in my paintings later.