Description Avalanche(A Poem By David B. Prather)'This is the snow belt.This is the snow that fallsfretful as the flickerof our eyes when we dream.This is where people achealong the road in their vehicles,cursing each and every memberof the road crewby name. This is the pin oakin the front lawn shiveringall night, and sometimesall day. This is the habitof watching cloudsthroughout the afternoon,hoping itll hold offtill we make it home.This is the trickle of waterin the bathroom and kitchento keep the pipes from freezing.This is the shucking soundof neighbors out with their snowshovels, people so thickwith clothing, and stillso cold. This is day after dayof school cancellations, and hopingfor once it would never end.This is the old manwho sees angels dyingwith the weather, and the old womanwho keeps putting him back to bed.This is the joy of stillness,and the sadness of solitude.This is the snow belt.This is the beliefthat everything has a reason,even the tiny painthat creeps through our shoesand into our toes.'
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.