Achill, with its combination of soaring mountains, spectacular coastal scenery and big Atlantic skies, has long provided inspiration for painters and artists. Probably the most famous among these is Paul Henry, who lived and worked on Achill from 1910 to 1919 and whose landscapes of Achill were widely reproduced on travel posters and became the archetypal image of rural Ireland in the early years of the Free State. Other painters to have worked on Achill include Robert Henri, Charles Lamb, Derek Hill and Camille Souter.

Achill continues to provide a stunning setting for landscape painters, offering one of the best locations in Ireland for painting workshops and art lessons. A number of artists and tutors offer painting workshops: