Description The image was inspired by a poem, Longleaf Pine Fire, by Spadecaller: 'Limbs burn feathers flare;Nests of ashes white and bare,Nubs of grass blackened shine,Unclasped hands of naked pine.Old foot paths left unseenBlack charcoal rinsed clean.From charred ruins these trees grow high,Like phoenix rising from ash to sky.Behold, the longleaf pine is my life;Tried by fire and saved by strife.
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.