Lillian Pittman is the Greene County Public Library’s Local Artist of the Month for November.
According to information made available by library assistant director Connie Whitman, Pittman had always wanted to learn to paint, but was busy raising children.
So she waited until 1970 to take oil painting classes, with Mary Ann Williams at the Red Barn Hobby Shop as her instructor. Pittman attempted water colors, but discovered that she preferred oil painting best, and enjoyed moving the paint around while working her canvas. She’s painted landscapes, still life, and even a portrait of her husband Bill, examples of all are now on exhibit in the library’s main lobby.
Pittman has lived in Paragould most of her life, and will be married to Bill for 72 years on Nov. 20. She worked as a teacher’s aide for 10 years.
After retiring from that job, she started a new part-time career with the Greene County Cooperative Extension Service, where she stayed five years. She has traveled with Senior Bees teaching cooking classes, and also helped out at a local food pantry providing important information to those in need. Today Pittman stays busy quilting – one of which is also part of her display at the library – as well as crafting, and has many other hobbies.
Her works in the library will remain on display through Nov. 30.