(Irish Celtic Cross (Painted at St. Kevin's Church) 18 x 24)
(You Don't Say (Old Irishman in County Antrim) 16 x 20)
(Landscape Wicklow Mountains 16 x 20)
(Irish Abby at sunrise)
Artist oil painter, Patrick Michael Karnahan, taught landscape painting in County Mayo Ireland from 1985-87.
The artist grew up in Hawthorne California, only 3 blocks over from California's Beach Boys. Patrick took an interest in art and music at the age of eight. He sold his first oil paintings in high school. In his twenties the artist decided to travel over to Ireland and explore his heritage.
While in Ireland Patrick enjoyed many hours of landscape & seascape painting. By chance, Patrick met a fellow American artist living in Westport Ireland. Patrick was offered a job teaching senors the art of painting from life.
Painting the west-coast of Ireland was always a challenge because of weather the artist exclaimed. To pay for room and board the artist would often sell his paintings in local pubs. The pub owners would always tell the buyer that the painter was a local Irish artist, it was a selling point! When Patrick had free time he would spend time tracing his parents heritage throughout the countryside.
His fathers side, the Karnahans, came from County Antrim. In Ireland the last name is spelled Kernahan or Kernaghan. His mothers side came from Counties Limerick and Mayo, Gormley, Spaight, and O'Heney. Patrick's Great- Great.. Grandfather James Spaight was mayor of Limerick in the mid- 1850s.
The father of James, Francis Spaight was a shipping mogul. Patrick,
being also a songwriter took the liberty to write a song about the ship-Francis Spaight. A very tragic tale of the High Seas in which a cabin boy, Patrick O'Brien is cannibalized aboard the ship. Please refer to Patrick's Black Irish Bands 23rd album release- Dark Ocean, song title= "The Fate of Patrick O'Brien". Famous American author Jack London also wrote a story about the incident.
To date Patrick has completed over 600 oil paintings. His work has
been exhibited throughout the United States. In 2005 the artist had his work featured at the Smithsonian Museum and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Besides scenes of Ireland, Patrick is also considered a leading American Railroad Artist and an artist of America's Firefighters. His work has been seen on numerous magazine cover, book covers, and calendars. Patrick also has many limited edition prints of his artwork available.
Besides art, Patrick is employed as a United States Forest Ranger and Wildland Firefighter. He also created a very large Celtic event in California, near Yosemite. At present Patrick manages the Sonora Celtic Faire. The faire has been going on for 28 years now. The artist is also the lead member and songwriter for the Sonora based band, The Black Irish Band. To date Patrick has written and recorded 87 songs and has recorded 24 CD albums with the Black Irish Band. Many of the songs that Patrick has written deal with Irish History.
(The Irish working on the Union Pacific Railroad in 1866 18 x 20)
(St. Patrick on the hill overlooking Tara)