I'm a British artist-designer working from my studio on the beautiful Northumberland UK coastline. The shore and the North Sea inspire me to paint mainly in watercolours, selling my original artworks and textile designs that show this love of the sea.

I have a degree and working background in fashion and textile design so I approach each painting with a design aspect. I am always looking and creating to capture the aesthetics of the shoreline and my love of all things nautical. Searching for natural patterns, painting as much as possible from life, I use composition and the paint itself to 'design' each painting.

My work has a modern, clean and uncomplicated style with a strong emphasis on illustration. I'm always searching for new ways to explore my favourite theme and develop my techniques to evolve my ideas. I'm always busy working on a huge variety of projects and commissions. I regularly exhibit in various galleries, check my ‘news’ for past and current projects.


As my work will show you, I have an absolute obsession with the colour blue and all it's fabulous range of shades. This predominantly limited blue palette helps give each paintings an even stronger nautical theme and makes them more distinguishably an ‘Ali Elly Design’.