About Aly

Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator.  She has several accolades to her name, most recently:


> Nominated 40 under 40
> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday
> Finalist in the East Side Awards


Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.  She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.

Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.


Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.


She was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree.

You can visit me at my working studio located at 139 High Street, Holywood, Co. Down by using our booking system in the About me page.

The studio will also be open one Saturday per month (15th January, 12th February and 12th March) 1-4pm

Hello and thank you for taking the time to browse my website. 

My name is Aly Harte and I have been running my business as a professional artist since 2011. In that time my husband Michael and I have had three boys and we now have a dog called Mimi.

The business has grown organically around our kids and for that I am very thankful. 

My wellbeing blog is attached to the website and you can view my words and some everyday recipes by clicking the tab above.  I called the blog Darling Edna after my late grandmother who influenced my life after my Father died the week before my eighth birthday.

Other influences in my paintings include the small holding where I grew up in the Irish countryside, the places my mother, my brother and I visited after my Dad died, and the gorgeous moments we find in our everyday pattern as a family of five who love the great outdoors.

I have a passion for helping women to know and to love themselves from their brain to their bones. You can see this in the honest stories and experiences that I share on my blog as well as my art workshops and online art academy. I provide a space for women to grow creatively, even beginners, through my teaching.

When I started my podcast I wanted to share the ways in which I built my creative business. This has grown significantly and now my mentoring programme helps female creatives to own their space and to succeed in making their mark in a noisy online world.

My audience has reached across the globe because of the online workshops that I offer for corporate companies near and far. (You can contact Sharon@alyharte.com for availability in 2022.) Furthermore, my paintings now reside in Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland, Uk mainland, Scotland, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and more. Each new home providing a place for my art to tell a story of placing importance on the everyday.


Hi, my name is Sharon and I am personal assistant to Aly Harte.


Happily married Mum of 3 (4 if you include the fur baby).


I have been a huge supporter of Aly’s art, writing and teaching from the very beginning and can genuinely say ‘going to’ work is a joy!


It is my pleasure to work alongside Aly to make sure you, the customer, have the best experience possible with us.