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The Spirit of Christmas
Featured Concert Artist

Noval Casteel

Artist Noval Casteel

As a student Hancock College in Noval won the Santa Maria Arts Council Scholarship for Visual Arts and first place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Watercolor competition. He went on to compete in the national competition in San Antonio, Texas where he studied under Millard Sheets.

After graduating from Long Beach State University with a BFA in Drawing and Painting he freelanced for an international company creating multi-color catalogs, and magazine advertising.

From here, Noval began his career in aerospace working with a contract shop in Los Angeles for Hughes Helicopter, Hughes Aerospace, TRW and IBM. In 1981, he accepted a position with Martin Marietta (later Lockheed-Martin), where he worked for 31 years and won their highest awards: the Gold Medallion; and Employee of the Year.

He is currently working as a 3D graphic artist for Northrup-Grumman in El Segundo, CA.

He is also a talented watercolorist, woodworker and overall handyman.

He and his wife, Michele, have lived in Lompoc over 35 years and raised four children in the Lompoc Valley.




The Spirit of Christmas painting by Noval Casteel

Proceeds from the raffle of concert artwork
directly benefits the Lompoc Pops Orchestra.