Raised in the Bronx, the stark landscape and square buildings had a profound influence on Creagh’s art. He gained his bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts from Herbert H. Lehman College and moved upstate after he was left paralyzed from an accident. It was during rehabilitation that he discovered his signature style of art: painting directly from nature. Inspired by the works of Edward Hopper, he studied at the Art Students League in New York City. He has taught at the Pelham Art Center and the Rockland Center for the Arts and is currently an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College. Creagh replicates nature through watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels and linoprints, while maintaining full control over each of his original color images by using lightfast inks on acid-free 90 lb archival paper to ensure color stability and integrity.