Description Let it begin with me.A man came home to sleep it off after drinking more than his fair share. However, his young son who had missed him wanted his attention.'Read me a story, Dad,' the boy pleaded. 'Give me a few minutes to relax and then I will…” but, as the father was about to make a promise that he would not keep, an idea came to him. He ripped out a full page from the magazine on the coffee table, which had a picture of the world map and tore it into small pieces. As he finished tearing the pieces of paper, he challenged his son to put the picture together again. “Then I will read you a story,” the father promised. Feeling confident that he had bought himself ample time to rest and sober up, he placed the pile of torn papers on the kitchen table.Only minutes passed and his son called from the kitchen; “I did it Dad.” To his astonishment, dad found the world picture completely assembled. “How did you know where all these countries belong on the map and how could you do it so quickly?” He asked the boy. His son smiled and answered; “ there was a photo of a man on the other side of the page, so I put the man back together and found I’d put the world back together too.’”
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.