Parker County Today July 2016 - Page 64

traveled around during his formative years, spending time in Texas when his dad was assigned to bases in the state. Perhaps a bit of western culture seeped into his bones during these stays. During his own seven-year stint in the U.S. Air Force he drew assignments in the Lone Star State. While in the Air Force he attended Texas A&M where he earned a very technical degree in electrical engineering. He later moved in to the computer software field and after a career in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, returned to Texas in retirement. “This is a wonderful place to experience a little bit of the western-cowboy culture or way of life,” Shidal said. “We’re down at the Stockyards whenever we can get down there, JULY 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY “Desert Mission” 62 “Adobe Village” and Parker County has so many good rodeos and western activities, so many beautiful ranches, you know, so it’s an opportunity to see a little bit of that way of life.” Shidal works mainly in oils but has dabbled in acrylics and watercolors. Hearing that painting in watercolors is a bit like “herding cats,” he laughed and agreed the medium is … different. “I’d say since I haven’t done it too much, some of my peers are doing a better job of it than I am. Watercolor has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages is that it becomes a little more creative on its own. You never quite know what it’s going to do for certain — sometimes it works out beautifully and you’re really pleased with it, or it could