Description This is a portrait of Johnny Cash- one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century(February 26, 1932 September 12, 2003). Primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs spanned many other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll, as well as blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal led to Cash being inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Much of Cash's music, echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption. Among his signature songs were: 'I Walk the Line', 'Folsom Prison Blues', 'Ring of Fire', 'Get Rhythm' and 'Man in Black'. He also recorded humorous numbers, including 'One Piece at a Time' and 'A Boy Named Sue'; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called 'Jackson'; as well as railroad songs including 'Hey, Porter' and 'Rock Island Line'. A digitally hand painted portrait of Johnny Cash.
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.