Old Inver village, Larne, from a vintage postcard by Robert French, (1841-1917)
Old Inver village, Larne, from a vintage postcard by Robert French, (1841-1917), Oil on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
Old Inver Village, Larne, from a vintage photograph by Robert J. Welch, (1859-1936)
Old Inver Village, Larne, from a vintage photograph by Robert J. Welch, (1859-1936), Oil and on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
Abandoned Cottage, Keeraunbeg Townland, Galway, painted with consent from a photograph by Lesley O'Farrell
Abandoned Cottage, Keeraunbeg Townland, Galway, painted with consent from a photograph by Lesley O'Farrell, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 12 inches
Wanderer amongst the Bluebells, painted with consent from a photograph by Audrey Kyle
Wanderer amongst the Bluebells, painted with consent from a photograph by Audrey Kyle, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 10 x 12 inches
Inver Village Cat, detail from a vintage postcard by Robert French, (in loving memory of Snowy - 2004-2020)
Inver Village Cat, detail from a vintage postcard by Robert French, (in loving memory of Snowy - 2004-2020), Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
Little York Street Area, (Belfast)
Little York Street Area, (Belfast), Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
Summer at the Cloghfin, Islandmagee, County Antrim
Summer at the Cloghfin, Islandmagee, County Antrim, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
Barn on the Port Road, Islandmagee, County Antrim
Barn on the Port Road, Islandmagee, County Antrim, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
A Glimpse of the Old Houston Farmstead, Port Road, Islandmagee, County Antrim
A Glimpse of the Old Houston Farmstead, Port Road, Islandmagee, County Antrim, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
Whitehouse Lane, Kilcoanmore, Islandmagee, County Antrim
Whitehouse Lane, Kilcoanmore, Islandmagee, County Antrim, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 Inches
The Mellon Homestead, Campbell, Omagh, County Tyrone
The Mellon Homestead, Campbell, Omagh, County Tyrone, Oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches
In the Shadows on an August Day, Former Cottage on the Port Road, Cloghfin, Islandmagee
In the Shadows on an August Day, Former Cottage on the Port Road, Cloghfin, Islandmagee, oil and acrylic on canvas board, 5 x 7 inches

Laura Butler, Belfast, Irish Artist

'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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