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, 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.