A problem shared A4 pencil sketch


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A problem shared  (unframed)

Pencil on A4 paper.



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A problem shared really is a problem halved


New research from Age UK indicates that we’re not only a nation of worriers, but also the old adage that ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ really does stand true.

Despite an increasing culture of sharing personal information through social networks and online gossip, when it comes to more serious issues over half of the UK population bottle up their problems and worries (57%).

When asked what the top three reasons for keeping worries to themselves were:

  • 44% of people said they should cope on their own,
  • followed by not wanting to burden anyone else with their troubles,
  • and not being comfortable talking about their personal issues.
  • And the old adage of ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ was borne out by the study, which showed that when people share worries with others, it can really improve their situation:
    • Around 3 in 10 adults share their worries (29%). Of these, over a third (36%) feel brighter as a result
    • A quarter (26%) feel relief when they have confided in someone about a problem
    • 8% feel that the problem has gone away once shared

Actor Larry Lamb, who narrates the new Age UK TV ad highlighting the benefits of seeking advice about growing older, said: ‘There’s no doubt in my mind that opening up and sharing thoughts, fears, and experiences can really help – whatever your age.



About the artist


Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator.  One of Northern Ireland’s top artists, widely known for her Belfast prints and impressionist techniques. 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.This is one of the many reasons Aly is a well established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

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. Specializing in Acrylic, oil and Mixed Media Aly has a love for creating stunning vibrant paintings.  Along with a love of monochrome and simple sketches.

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Here is a place where you can find recipes, information on physical wellbeing, travel and home ideas as well as life ramblings.

I use art in all it’s mediums to express my love for the “everyday”. Coffee cups, familiar landmarks, colour associations. All of these, I believe, contribute to what is known as our “everyday”. Not only do I love drawing them, I think they are worth placing importance on.

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I convey a realistic (the good, the bad, the funny, the sad) view into the life of a family woman, a homemaker and a business woman on a journey of physical and mental wellness.

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