The Little Art Studio - Achill Island

Nick, John and Samay at the Little art studio

Achill Island scenery is breathtaking, and not just on a clear day. It doesn’t matter whether the sun is shining or the heavens are open and mother nature is dashing out her worst, Achill is simply beautiful whatever the light. As we mentioned in an earlier post, we had the pleasure of staying at the Bervie Guesthouse on Keel strand and it was here that we got to meet a very special fellow indeed, his name is John Michael Nikolai and he is the resident artist at the Bervie’s ‘Little Art Studio’ peeping out shyly from behind the guesthouse. John is a very talented photographer from the USA but his work is not just about capturing the perfect shot, but it is in the way he edits the photos digitally, the printing technique, the paper and overall finish that really make his work demand attention.

Achill Island, Co Mayo, Ireland scenery

The day we climbed Croagh Patrick – John Michael Nikolai

Here are a few examples of the images that we were moved to purchase on our visit to his studio.


Precipice and Matador – Achill’s Ronan Halpin sculpture photographed on Keel strand – John Michael Nikolai

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8 p.m. in Dookinella – Achill Island – John Michael Nikolai


Dean Martin’s Horse – John Michael Nikolai


yip, that’s a dolphin… John gets up very early 😉

These are just a few of the images from John’s wonderful Achill collection, but you can view many more on his homepage where you will also find some very affordable formats that will fill a picture frame nicely. John had said that Achill is a dream for any photographer, and our second visit to Sean Cannon’s Gallery we could see exactly what he meant. We will mention a little more about Sean in our next Achill post.

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