Mairead Holohan

Mairead is a native of Kilkenny who now lives in South Carlow, at the foot of the Blackstairs. She has a purpose built studio in one of the most scenic parts of Carlow.

Mairead believes that drawing and observing from life is the corner stone of her art practice.

She paints things that interest her so therefore she paints for herself. Her aim is to catch the essence of a situation as she sees it. She works in a variety of media and this can depend on the subject matter and the intended outcome as to what media she uses.

She is interested in the truth inherent in each of the media she uses …., each medium behaves in a different manner, so the choice of media depends on what she is trying to convey. Art by its nature is visual so sometimes it is hard to put into words what can be felt in the heart.

After sketching and planning there are choices to be made…media…..colours…..etc

She likes to work in a variety of media, to find ways to use all her creative interests, to have a practice that allows her to be truly creative.


As a tutor she encourages her students to acquire skills and then to experiment and find their own direction, as many have and gone on to be artists themselves. She runs workshops in Watercolour painting, Felting and Silk scarf painting in her studio on demand.

She works as a Community Education tutor for Kikenny/Carlow ETB. She is on the Artists panel for the Butler Gallery and the DCCOI.

Her watercolours can be bought directly from and she works to commission contact her for rates.

She also has a range of cards from her sketchbook that she gets printed locally and sells here and in a few outlets locally.

While concentrating on tutoring she has been developing her skills in the area of textile art.

Mairead has a range of Hand painted, Batik silk scarves and Wraps.

The scarves make ideal presents as they are all individual and not two are the same. They fit in a large envelope so make excellent presents. They are inspired by the countryside of south Carlow, at the foot of the Blackstairs mountains which is a hidden gem of Irish stone walls, Highland bogs and rolling hills. She loves animals especially horses and often used ancient celtic symbols in her work.

The wraps which are larger and are finished with felt embellishments which add to the overall design as well as making the wraps more stable while wearing them.