Little boats, Portrush Harbour 7×5



A little about the original 

7×5″ Acrylic

Yellows, purples and flecks of orange pop on this dinky 7*5 canvas. The paint sits thick depicting the harbour with the little boats bobbing and swaying in the water.


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The inspiration behind the painting

The north coast is a wonderful location to paint, so many beautiful landscapes to work from. But there is something so special about the harbours, the boats coming and going, the buzz of activity as the men unload the fresh fish and the kids race up and down the harbour wall waiting for their opportunity to jump on the boats and help clean up for ‘pocket money’.


About the location

Portrush is the absolute epitome of ‘Norn Iron’ holidays. A staple in any child’s upbringing. Salty fish and chips on the beach, trips to the ‘big dipper’ at Barrys amusements. Then when older a trip to The Ramore during a Sunday drive, desserts to die for and worthy of a follow up walk along the strand to ‘walk it off’.
This beach holds so many special memories for us all.




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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