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'I have to create'

Shelton painter turns to writing

Stan Gabelein created stunningly realistic wildlife oil paintings for decades before he began writing at age 78.

In less than two years, the Mason County resident wrote and published an autobiography and a novel. He penned the autobiography, "The Outdoorsman: Stories of a Hunting and Fishing Life," in three months. After all, he said, "I had all the information I needed."

"A lot of people say they're going to write their stories, but never do," Gabelein said in an interview with the Journal at his home in the woods off Cloquallum Road.

In a different genre, Gabelein's novel "Sam Bigtree and Me...


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