Description Etta James - Born January 25, 1938 died this past January 20, 2012) Her singing style spanned a wide variety of music genres including blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, gospel and jazz. Beginning the mid fifties she gained fame with hits such as 'Dance With Me, Henry', 'At Last', 'Tell Mama', and 'I'd Rather Go Blind' for which she claimed she wrote the lyrics.Before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s, she faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction.A winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards, she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Considered one of the greatest singers of all time; this image is my tribute to her. A digital hand painted photo created in Photoshop.
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.