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, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries. All the art in my galleries are original creations. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact me as well. I can look into matters myself to get answers for you. I want to make sure your experience purchasing my art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact me at: www.spadecallerart.com
At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)