DescriptionThe unseen homeless population in the United States is continuing to grow. Since the financial crisis of 2008, the lack of affordable housing, mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism, poverty, and dysfunctional families, homelessness has spread from the major cities to smaller communities. By vacant malls, rundown apartment complexes, and in remote alleyways, the homeless dwell - surviving on refuse and the warmth of burning dumpsters. How can one imagine the wealthiest nation in the world seeking to balance the nations fiscal budget by cutting programs designed to protect the poor and disabled?
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.