Description As Charles Dickens' story, 'A Tale of Two Cities,' begins, 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...' America has become a two class society; it is the best of times for the corporate heads and the worst of times for those of us who live on Main Street. Livable wages have nearly disappeared and the working poor are abandoning their downtrodden homes and their dreams. Poverty is no longer isolated to the projects and ghettos; today the girl without shoes lives in your neighbor's house, 'One block south of Main.'
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.