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Local Veteran Takes Up New Hobby Amid Pandemic

One Tri-State Veteran is painting the pandemic away by using his eye for art to brighten the day.

Posted: Jan 18, 2021 4:21 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2021 7:16 PM

Tucked away on the outskirts of Owensboro is Windy Hallow, a well known summer attraction over the years.

But it's the man behind the operation who has another passion of his own.

82-year-old Devon Castle has an eye for art.

The Army Veteran began drawing years ago.

"I couldn't walk," says Castle, painter. "I just leaned on the one crutch and leaned into the painting area and walked around and that's how those big paintings out there all came about because that's how I made them."

The drawings then turned into larger paintings, but within the last year of this pandemic, he passes the hours in a new way.

"I put on a pair of glasses, I pick up a pencil, and I start drawing," says Castle.

In the last several months, Castle has created more than 30 paintings.

"This takes maybe three days," says Castle. "The only reason it takes so long is you have to let the paint dry."

His favorite pieces include birds, flowers, and famous cartoons.

"Every painting here is something I've learned, but most people look at it and they can't tell what it is I learned from that painting," says Castle. "But I learned things."

For this painter, the pandemic has only enhanced his talents.

Although Castle doesn't sell his pieces, he has given some away to friends and family.

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