Description '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 bountiful garden, a small remarkable bird appeared. It hovered in the air drawing nectar from a large yellow-orange cantaloupe blossom. Its ruby red head and iridescent kelly-green neck shimmered, like precious jewels in the first rays of that morning sun. It was a hummingbird the first I had ever seen. Just inches from where the silent bird hovered, I watched in awe. Suddenly, I knew that I was more than an observer; I belonged in the garden too that somehow there was a bond between all living things. From the tiny seeds that I had planted, the blooming flowers attracted the hummingbird. And, like the bird, the colorful flowers had attracted me. I felt connected to a magnificent world.' This picture is was made for the short story, 'The Bond.' For those interested, it can be read here: http://www.spadecaller.net/shortstoryongiving.htm
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was 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 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.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.