Description Inspired by a poem by Spadecaller entitled IN THE SHADOWS.A survivor of child abuse - my humble old friend, Came to my side when my life was ready to end. He said, he waited for life to pass him by Until he had no choice but to forgive or die. To the crackhouse it drove him down To Oblivion’s alley by the edge of town. On the wings of a foxhole prayer his miracle came With forgiveness it quelled his lingering shame. Then beside the shadow of this wise man I saw my life. My gut sliced open with bitter Truth’s knife. My abuse was not as great - to myself I lied. And in self-pitying martyrdom I boldly denied: “My damn path is chosen. It is the one I learned!” Yet, his spirit glistened with the hope I yearned. I marveled at the old man’s soul shining above. By his tall shadow I cried with envy and love. Since that moment with my humble friend, I found a life with gentle kindness to amend. Now an old man too I share this about forgiveness and hate: Leave the rancor behind at last and change your fate
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.