MARSHALL - For about a dozen years Dale Hiland of Marshall created decorative paintings, mainly for himself.
"It's mostly for me, but I'm happy to share it," Hiland said.
Hiland said he started painting about 12 years ago when he may have seen something on HGTV and bought some pots to work on.
Then he bought a few books and magazines teaching himself how to do decorative paintings.
"I just did it because it was kind of a way to escape," he said. "It's just a way to pass time and it's totally different than working at Human Services,"
In the last year, Hiland has brought some of his work to craft shows in Canby and Granite Falls and has several of his decorative paintings at The Gallery in Hendricks. He said it was the Gallery's owners, Larry and Linda Lambertus, who helped him get over "being shy" about his paintings.
"I happened to mention it (my paintings), and he said 'bring it on,'" Hiland said. Hiland said he's "honored" that the Lambertuses wanted to show the works at their gallery.
And he'll find himself creating scenes that depict the Christmas holidays, whether it's July or December.
"It's hard for me to stop painting Santa Claus and snowmen no matter what time of the year it is," Hiland said.
Decorative paintings is basically using an outline, he said.
"It's an idea by a decorative designer," he said.
Then Hiland will carefully start filling in the scenes with acrylic paint.
"It comes through a blending of colors," Hiland said. "It's just a practicing of shading."
When he'd create the paintings, Hiland said he gave quite a few of them away. Several of his works hang in various rooms at his home in Marshall.
"They are all special people that have them," Hiland said of the artworks he has given away.
Hiland said it's easy to find time to paint, especially at this time of the year.
"These past three years, the winter has been nice to stay inside and paint," Hiland said. "It used to be mostly during the winter (that I painted), because the summer, it was gardening."
Every year, Hiland donates a plate for the United Way silent auction.
Hiland also started practicing using the scrollsaw to cut out the frames on some of his decorative paintings.