Descriptionn eastern religions and in many different cultures, the lotus flower is regarded as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth.The Lotus grows in the deep mud, blinded from the sun. From the muck it grows and reaches the light becoming the jewel of the waters. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, the lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the dark side of our primitive natures to the bright sunshine of spiritual enlightenment. Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even with our roots originating in the muck, hope, beauty and deliverance will be found in the light. This scene was originally photographed on a small lake on the west coast of Florida. The picture presented was 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 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.