Mary Feeney is renowned for her semi abstract painting of scenes from the local coast and countryside

Ms Feeney was a native of Ardara but moved to Co Down several years ago, Belfast Live reports.

Renowned for her semi abstract painting of scenes from the local coast and countryside, she was a well respected participant in The Open House Festival and On The Rails, while exhibiting with well known galleries, selling much of her unique works across Ireland, the UK and was much favoured in the US.

A spokesperson for The Open House Festival said: “We are all shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible news that Mary tragically lost her life this morning while out swimming so close to her home.

“Mary was a valued and talented artist and teacher. She will be missed by the local arts and cultural community here in Bangor.”

Elaine Somers said: “Mary was a gentle, lovely soul and encouraged me with my book. I do hope she didn’t suffer. Her paintings will be a great legacy. “

Ms Feeney was sea swimming near Skippingstone Beach, on the coastal path past Pickie Pool on Tuesday when she got into difficulties.

Friend Jude Simms, said: “Mary was kind and talented and loved life. It’s impossible just now to think of this world without her. We have what she left, her love, her art and poetry and she’ll not be forgotten.”


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