This drawing is most likely a self-portrait of Castle in the kitchen, which was a central gathering place for the Castle family.
In front of the shed, a milk separator is next to a cup on the ground. Of all the chores, Castle chose to operate the milk separator.
The two smaller figures and the figure at the right often appear in Castle’s drawings. Note the coats laid out on the floor.
Castle’s art practice was private, and despite his need for solitude, the children of the family often tried to catch a glimpse of the artist at work.
The string at the top of this drawing is an important feature of this Christmas-themed piece. Castle often displayed his artwork in the family home as well as in abandoned outbuildings around the property.
Castle with great niece and nephew
Despite his limited ability to communicate, Castle was an integral and valued member of the family. He seemed to enjoy spending time with everyone and found ways to interact, sometimes through his art. His great-niece Cathy Wade Morris recalls the artist’s attention to body language. She said that he, “wanted to look you right square in the eye, and he would notice everything about . . . how you were acting toward him.”