Pat McHale Artist

Pat McHale's Studio

The main sources of inspiration for my artwork are rural landscapes, Irish mythology and poetry.

I am based in Leamington Spa and work in the mediums of acrylic paint, printmaking and stone carving.

I have a deep passion for the beauty to be found in the unspoilt, barren and desolate landscape of the The Burren in County Clare, and this has been the main source of inspiration for my more recent paintings.

The Flaggy Shore and Lough Murree in The Burren, County Clare were the subjects of Seamus Heaney's poem Postscript and I have borrowed some of the titles for my work, like "slate grey lake", "among stones" and "neither here nor there" from this poem.
The lake he refers to in the poem is Lough Murree, also known as Linn-ealla, which translates from the Irish to Swan Lake.

The source of inspiration for my wood engravings was a poem by W. B. Yeats The Stolen Child. The title "unquiet dreams" is borrowed from this poem. The four engravings relate to and illustrate the four verses of the poem.

My "Queen of the Air" etchings on perspex were inspired by John Ruskin's book of the same name. Ruskin (1819-1900) was an artist himself but his writing covered many subjects as well as art and today his concerns are seen as anticipating the problems we are facing today such as air pollution and climate change. The subject of my work is air and the notion that air movement, this invisible force, has played a major part in shaping our world since the beginning of time.

Thank you for taking time to visit this website and any comments will be welcomed. You can send a message to Pat via the contact page.