Corradreenan farmhouse in Snow, Cultra, County Down
Corradreenan farmhouse in Snow, Cultra, County Down, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 8 x 12 inches
Tommy's Cottage, Hannas Close, Mourne Mountains
Tommy's Cottage, Hannas Close, Mourne Mountains, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Farm near Larne Lough, Islandmagee, painted from a vintage photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his grandson, Mike Harrison
Farm near Larne Lough, Islandmagee, painted from a vintage photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his grandson, Mike Harrison, Oil and acrylic on linen canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
A Gentle Stroll up Kilton Lane, Islandmagee, painted from a vintage photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his nephew Mike Harrison
A Gentle Stroll up Kilton Lane, Islandmagee, painted from a vintage photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his nephew Mike Harrison, Oil and acrylic on linen canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Audrey's Poppies, Gobbins Stables, Islandmagee, County Antrim
Audrey's Poppies, Gobbins Stables, Islandmagee, County Antrim, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Curious Glances, Cottages on the Low Road, Islandmagee, painted from a vintage photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his grandson Mike Harrison
Curious Glances, Cottages on the Low Road, Islandmagee, painted from a vintage photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his grandson Mike Harrison, Oil and acrylic on linen canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Cottage on Quarterland Road, Islandmagee, painted with consent from a photograph by Robin Parkes taken in 1973
Cottage on Quarterland Road, Islandmagee, painted with consent from a photograph by Robin Parkes taken in 1973, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Cottage at Lower Gransha Townland, Islandmagee, painted with consent from a photograph by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society
Cottage at Lower Gransha Townland, Islandmagee, painted with consent from a photograph by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Old and acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Sunset at Knowehead, Islandmagee, painted from a photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his grandson, Mike Harrison
Sunset at Knowehead, Islandmagee, painted from a photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his grandson, Mike Harrison, Oil and acrylic on linen canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Deserted Farm, Big Dog Forest, Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh, painted with consent from the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society
Deserted Farm, Big Dog Forest, Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh, painted with consent from the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Thatched Cottages on a Lane islandmagee, painted from a vintage photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his grandson, Mike Harrison
Thatched Cottages on a Lane islandmagee, painted from a vintage photograph by the late Arthur Harrison, with consent from his grandson, Mike Harrison, Oil and acrylic on linen canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx
Baking Day, Lismacloskey Old Rectory, Cultra, County Down
Baking Day, Lismacloskey Old Rectory, Cultra, County Down, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 12 inches approx

Artist Laura Butler, Belfast

'I have always been drawn to places where the presence of people can be felt, whether they be current occupants or the long departed spirits of the past. I am intrigued by the relationship between people and the landscape; the way in which patterns of life become recorded within the environment, alongside natural processes'

Laura Butler was born and raised in Belfast. She studied art and design at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Co. Antrim and Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design and holds a BA honours Upper Second degree in Fine Art. She studied both Painting and Photography. When faced with deciding between these two disciplines Laura majored in Photography because she could paint at home but needed the college darkroom facilities for Photography. She also explored moving images and produced short 16mm films, processing these by hand, editing and adding sound.

Laura's artwork was included in group exhibitions in Devon and Cornwall around graduation and she was an active member of the Exeter Film Workshop undertaking teaching and audio-visual support for community groups.

Through a part-time post as an audio-visual and 'life skills' assistant in a centre for young people with special needs, Laura decided to pursue a career in the caring professions and obtained a postgraduate qualification in this field from the University of Exeter. Laura continued to paint but it was not until the millennium that she began to produce artwork in earnest again and undertook some commissions. In 2001, chronically homesick, she returned from England to live in her native County Antrim, which features extensively in her paintings. From 2007 onwards she exhibited her paintings online. Laura continues to successfully balance full-time work in her professional career with part-time painting and photography.

Exhibitions:
2010 - Solo exhibition at Hilliard Gallery for the Kansas Irish Festival.
2011 and 2012 - Jam Art Factory, Dublin.
2014 - Solo exhibition, 'Living Stones', Museum at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.
2014 - Group Exhibition, A Celebration of Larne Art, Larne Museum and Art Centre.
2014 - Solo exhibition - Museum and Civic Centre, Antrim Street, Carrickfergus.
2015 - Joint exhibition with Stephen Jamison, Museum at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.
2015 - Solo exhibition, Larne Museum and Art Centre.
2016 - 'Artist of the Month', solo exhibition, The Bank House, Whitehead, County Antrim.
2017 - Solo exhibition, Museum at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.
2017 - Group exhibition 'Larne Lamppost Banner Project', Larne Visitor Information Centre, Narrow Gauge Road, Larne, county Antrim.

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