Description 'Just inches from where the silent bird hovered, I watched in awe. Suddenly, I knew that I was more than an observer; I belonged in the garden too — that somehow there was a bond between all living things. From the tiny seeds that I had planted, the blooming flowers attracted the hummingbird. And, like the bird, the colorful flowers had attracted me on that very morning. I felt connected to a magnificent world. Later that day, I tried to describe my encounter in the garden and my all-too simple revelation, but no one cared to listen. “Oh, that’s nice,” My brother said and then rolled his eyes. I finally buried the story like the stolen grass, yet my memory of the hummingbird and the two square yards of stolen turf remain within me – unchanged...'From In the Shadows of the HummingbirdAn Autobiographical Novel by SpadecallerDigital Painting (Self-portrait)
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.