Creel has started back painting

Published 10:20 am Friday, March 10, 2023

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By Bob Ann Breland

WAA Publicist

Artist Abigail Creel of Pine has been painting on an “off and on” basis for many years. Since she has recently partially retired, she has started back to seriously painting again, while also working as a nurse.

She is one of about 30 local and area artists who will have their paintings and other arts displayed at the Washington Art Association Show and Sale on Sunday, March 25.

“I probably started painting about 1989 and continued sporatically, while also going to nursing school until I got my degree and then working,” she said. 

Now she is able to enjoy the art world again and has been a student of Franklinton art teacher Ann Warner for a total of about three to four years. “She has been my only art teacher,” she added.

“Painting is a creative and learning process,” she said and admitted she also likes gardening and watching her flowers grow.

Painting with oils brings her much pleasure and she said has learned so much and gets a lot of pleasure in seeing her paintings completed – especially the portraits.

She painted a portrait of her late husband, Michael Creel, after he passed away. She has a portrait she has recently finished and she said she really loves to see the portraits “come to life” on the canvas.

“When portraits come three-diminesal and I can see they really look like the subject; it brings such a pleasant feeling. And when they like it too, it is really rewarding,”

She has painted five or six portraits and hopes to paint more. She has some historic scenes painted in St Francisville she plans to have on display at the art show and a portrait of her sister’s dog, “Lili”.

“I have several things to bring, but I haven’t quite put it all together yet,” she said. She is looking forward to the show and seeing the work of other artists. “I was here last year, but I am really looking forward to it this time. We have some great artists in this parish.’

Abigail Creel works as house supervisor on weekends at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Franklinton. She has a son and daughter, both adults, and three grandsons.

The big group art show and sale, will be held on from 2 to 5 p.m. at the home of Sara Nelson, 28035 Winfred Bateman Road, across from Sherman’s store in Clifton.

Others who will share artwork, including woodwork, jewelry and various styles of painted art are: Ann Warner, Sara Nelson, Terry Seal, Theresa Wascom, Janis Fisher, Lenora Frazier, Curtis Creel, Stan Simmons, Patricia Ballhagen, Christine Beatty, Laurie Bell, Violeta Thomas, Sheri Brown, Kaye Williams, Ruby Bickham, Monica Wood, Genevieve Brannan, Carol Ridenour, Lisa M. Sprehe, Lander Thomas, Dr. Jerry Thomas, Ellen Barrett, Sylvia Garret Dugas, Bob Ann Breland, Donna Kilbourne, Shelia Fortenberry, Lora Lyn Fendlason and Johnny Green.