Description fusion of several photos with digital painting created in photoshop present this ominous image an old memory of the past. Pilgrim state was an old psychiatric asylum located in Brentwood, New York, where the crows and starlings would often congregate on the fences, as if to call to the captives locked inside its dungeon-like walls. Before I found my way to recovery from alcoholism, I was locked in this hellhole. To this day, rumors of ghosts and torture persist about this place. Some of us know, they are not rumors. As a survivor of his place, I can attest to the cruel and inhumane treatment patients received. I will never forget the crows calling ever reminding me of the freedom that I had lost and that I longed for again.
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries. All the art in my galleries are original creations. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact me as well. I can look into matters myself to get answers for you. I want to make sure your experience purchasing my art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact me at: www.spadecallerart.com
At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)