North Hills res­i­dent cre­ates an­gelic hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tion

The Globe - - REALESTATETRANSFERS - By Caitlin Burns

Res­i­dents in North Hills will see a new dec­o­ra­tion this hol­i­day sea­son on Joe Grindle’s Mon­roe Av­enue yard. And it isn’t some­thing eas­ily over­looked on a drive through the neigh­bor­hood.

As he’s done for the past sev­eral years, Grindle has cre­ated his own yard piece for Christ­mas. This year he sculpted a life-size an­gel that will be spot­lighted on his front yard.

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In­stead, Grindle, who is 86 years old, painted his Sty­ro­foam and plas­ter an­gel with pearly whites and golds, along with hu­man features like tan skin and brown hair.

Grindle said he will dis­play the piece three weeks be­fore Christ­mas along­side his reg­u­lar dec­o­ra­tions. The piece has taken him nearly a year to com­plete, but Grindle de­scribes pro­duc­ing art as one of his pas­sions now that he’s re­tired.

In pre­vi­ous years, Grindle has dis­played an an­gel he painted onto wood, a por­trait of baby Je­sus in the manger and pil­lar can­dles dec­o­rated in hol­i­day col­ors.

“I like some of the re­li­gious art,” Grindle said about all his art­work, which in­cludes the Christ­mas pieces and more than 45 paint­ings. His fa­vorites pieces to cre­ate in­clude boats on the water and sun­sets.

Grindle started pro­duc­ing his art, he said, ap­prox­i­mately six years ago when he broke his kneecap while do­ing his daily 16-mile bike ride. His bro­ken knee re­quired him to re­tire from car­pen­try and con­tract­ing with his brother. Ad­di­tion­ally, his wife was suf­fer­ing from Alzheimer’s disease and re­quired him to be home of­ten.

“He was al­ways into art,” his daugh­ter Nancy Crisipino said. She re­mem­bers her fa­ther cre­at­ing his own pieces for hol­i­day train sets and tint­ing his own pho­tos when she was a child.

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“, WDNH SLFWurHV WhDW , finG DnG wRrN IrRP them,” Grindle said about some of his in­spi­ra­tion. “I don’t sell them. I don’t do it for money. It’s my plea­sure.”

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