My name is Pat Flannery, I am an Irish artist living on the West Coast of Ireland, in Co. Galway, and situated along the “Wild Atlantic Way”. I am a wife, a mother of five children and an art enthusiast. However, despite my undying love for painting, the family always came first. Consequently, I decided to fully focus on raising my children in the best care possible by giving them my all. Now that they’ve all reached adulthood, I am elated to find myself in a position to gracefully leave behind my 8 am – 4 pm daily job and return to my first love of painting.
I am primarily a self-taught artist. My earliest memories are of sitting around the family table surrounded by all types of creative work. My goal on finishing Secondary School was to attend Art College but alas it was not to be. Instead, I went to Secretarial College, obtained my qualifications, and gained employment into the University College Hospital, Galway.
I got married at a young age and when our second child was born, I had taken the decision to become a stay-at-home mother to raise and care for my family. During this phase of my life, I worked from home as a Dressmaker. When my youngest son started school, I went back to college and gained a Diploma in Interior Design. I followed this path for a number of years until life took another unexpected turn (i.e., Global Recession), and I went to work for a Medical Device Company. While working with this company, college beckoned me again. I completed another Diploma Course, but this time In Quality Assurance and Project Management. I continued to work with this company for a further 14 years.
Overall, the vast experience has been really helpful as it ultimately made me who I am today – a strong, loving, passionate and highly creative artist.