Collecting shells at stormy Groomsport.


About the print

The original piece is acrylic on 30×20” canvas.

Over the Easter break I was able to step away from my work for a few days and we visited local beaches for a few chilly dips and some shell collecting. My third boy is still interested in this such activities and I captured this moment of him on a blustery Spring night searching for shells with the hood of his jacket up and his hands tucked into his sleeves. Purple and deep teal colours conveying the roar of each wave .

Look for the little people amongst the purples and blues of this print, or can you spot the caravans along the coastline?


Two print sizes are available

Dinky A6 image inside a crisp white A5 border or a larger A3 full sized image.

Limited edition print run of both sizes.

Printed by Media Design Belfast on 180gsm matte coated A4 paper.

All prints are packaged carefully and shipped via Royal Mail recorded delivery to ensure they are received promptly and damage free.


A little about the location

Few coastal villages in Ireland can compare with Groomsport for scenic charm, tranquil beauty and historical heritage. While Groomsport is best known for its picturesque harbour that was once a major fishing port and its two fishermens cottages known as Cockle Row, the beach is also a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.

About the artist

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


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