Description he wondrous elephant is highly endangered. Over a million, once roamed the entire continent of Africa. Today their numbers are estimated at around 300,000 - and mainly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Extinction of the Asian elephant is even more critical. Its numbers are down to about 30,000. At one time, there were millions. Circuses and zoos are harming, training, and killing elephants. Possibly worse than the physical punishment, the electrical shock, and whippings, is the confinement of elephants. In states which require chaining of elephants when not performing, elephants are chained by two legs in spaces the size of an average automobile for up to twenty hours a day. During the off-season, animals may be housed in traveling crates or barn stalls; some are even kept in trucks. Such unrelieved confinement has harmful physical and psychological effects. After decades of abuse these large animals will go mad, rampage, and kill trainers, circus members and audience members. Zoos and circuses are not the way to protect and save these animals from extinction; to the contrary, elephants need conservation land to roam free. To live a healthy life, a wild elephant walks over fifty miles per day. For this reason, I do not support zoos or circuses that confine elephants. What about you?
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was 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 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.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.