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‘Mayim’ the Hebrew name for water.
My ‘Mayim’ exhibition was a virtual exhibition that consisted of a live stream while I sat in formal attire in front of my laptop talking my audience through the various paintings. Lockdown and coronavirus meant that even the artists had to adapt!
My love of the water is what really inspired these paintings and exhibitions. Water and waves at the beach, water in the lakes, and waterfalls in the North and South of Ireland. I trust that you enjoy the brush or palette marks of each scene.
Portavogie (from Irish Port a’ Bhogaigh “Harbour of the Bog”) is a village, town land and fishing port in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies within the Ards and North Down Borough and is the easternmost settlement in Ireland.
The town has a modern harbour, housing a large fishing fleet, catching mainly prawns and herrings. Most evenings there are fish auctions on the quays.
The past 50 years have witnessed enormous changes in the appearance of the village. The rebuilding of the harbour from a “pretty”, safe anchorage to the modern style of today’s industrial facility.
In 1900, there were 18 family names associated with Portavogie: Adair, Pyper, Warnock, Boyd, Rutherford, Lawson, Ambrose, Thompson, McKee, Clint, Hughes, Cully, Edmund, Palmer, Young, McVea, McClements and Coffey.
Many of these family lines have continued to this day, and the list of names of Portavogie residents grows ever longer.
In 1985, Princess Anne, Mrs. Mark Phillips, visited the village to officially open the new harbour, and was received by the local community. She toured the fishing boat “Willing Lad”, accompanied by its skipper, James McClements.
Aly 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 why Aly is an established artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland and the United States.
Her own childhood memories heavily influence her practice of growing up in a small town in the Irish countryside.
Aly received a first-class honours degree and a distinction in her master’s degree in fine arts, which she completed after graduating.
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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I use art in all it’s mediums to express my love for the “everyday”. Coffee cups, familiar landmarks, colour associations. ”. Not only do I love drawing them, I think they are worth placing importance on.
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