Description One early morning in July when I was a boy of nine, I stood before my garden marveling with pride at its pretty colors and robust bounty. The cicadas were buzzing, the sun glistened on the wet leaves, and the birds were chattering in the trees behind me. While gazing upon the flowers and trees, a small remarkable bird appeared.Just inches from where the silent bird hovered, I watched in awe. Suddenly, I knew that I was more than an observer; like the bird, the fragrances and colorful flowers had lured me to the ground where I stood watching this marvelous bird suck nectar from a blossom. Ever since that day, I have searched for places to find hummingbirds and I have created pictures hoping to share their beauty.
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.