Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

'I have to create'

Shelton painter turns to writing


March 30, 2023

Gordon Weeks

Shelton painter/author Stan Gabelein and three examples of his painting subjects, from left, the cosmos, towering trees and a pioneer hunter in the wilds. Gabelein with horns from a caribou he hunted, and his oil paintings of the stars inspired by images from the Hubble telescope.

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...

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