Member Spotlight Pat Flannery
Posted on: 24/10/2020
Pat Flannery, of ArtWork by Pat Flannery , is our featured member of Network Galway today. Here are some fun facts about Pat and information about her business.
Describe your business in 3 words
Colourful Art| Prints | Homeware Gifts
What has been your greatest achievement to date?
On A business-level – So many achievements, just where to start. Certainly, my own 360° journey back to creativity and painting, which found me 4 years ago, leaving my full time 8 – 4 pm job and setting up Pat Flannery Artwork, watching it continue to grow is a huge delight for me. Next, having the honour to present an Original Painting of mine, to the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walshe, on his visit to Galway in 2018 when he received the Freedom of the City. And of course, I couldn’t leave out the AMAZING night, at the Network Ireland Business Woman of the Year Awards, when it was announced that I had won the Art Category for the Galway Branch. Such excitement. On a personal level – being a mom of 5 & nana to 2 (number 3 on the way, LOL ).
What are your hopes for your business in 2020?
Well, we all know how 2020 is going at the moment with this pandemic, and how tough it is on everyone. My sector, the Arts, has been completely shut down. Thank God for online sales, events, & workshops. But, 2020 is nearly over so for 2021, I hope to continue to grow and adjust the business in these very challenging times. I will need to adapt my businesses and learn to live with the restrictions that are in place. I will be re-launching my updated website over the next two weeks. https://patflanneryartwork.com/ I have a new “Mini Floral Framed Collection” to add, the “Homeware Gifts” section is all updated. Next, I will be adding the “Shimmer and Shine” collection, which is all framed, and with prices to suit all budgets. New original work, to be added once framed, fingers crossed in time for the Christmas period. Finally, I will be getting my art class and workshops online.
I am hoping for a good response to these new launches in the coming weeks and I would ask everyone to please consider supporting Local, no matter what type of gift they require.
What person or book has inspired you?
My parents, but especially my mam, she was and still is my biggest inspiration. She raised five of us, we all got educated and all had the opportunity to go to college. She never knew what spare time was, you always saw her with a pair of knitting needles in her hands, as she knitted late into the night, to supply Aran Jumpers to the American Market, only getting a tiny fraction of the full value price. All this just so that us, her children never went without. Some woman, my mother. She inspires me every day to be a better person and parent, and nana, a luxury she never got to have, as she passed away to young.
I am also inspired every day by a small group of female entrepreneurs who have helped me build a strong network to expand my business. Thanks, Ladies
What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
My earliest memories are of sitting around the family table creating all types of creative work. My dream was to attend Art College but once I finished Secondary School, it was not to be. Instead, I went to Secretarial College, obtained my qualifications, and gained employment into the University College Hospital, Galway. I married young, and at the time our second child was born, I took the decision to become a stay-at-home mother and raise my children to the best of my abiliyt. 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.
Business Description – what do you do?
I’m an Irish visual artist and founder of Pat Flannery ArtWork. I use watercolour paint on paper to create beautiful paintings, which are full of colour, and focus on expression and detail. My unique and true value as an artist is that I find myself blessed that I have the vision to see beauty in the ordinary and the ability to be able to recreate it on paper. My goal as an artist is to paint these moments in such a way that it enables others to pause, to escape from their day to day realities, enter a calm space and reconnect with lost memories.
My work ranges from small paintings to large statement pieces which can add a focal point to any room. In my product range, I produce blank greeting cards, limited edition prints, latte mugs and coaster sets, aprons and tote bags.
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