Description This small lake on the west coast of Florida lies within a state preserve and a wide variety of waterfowl visit the lake all year round. Years ago the Roseatte Spoonbills almost became extinct as they were hunted for their fine plumage. Their feathers were used in ladies hats during the mid to late 1800s. At one point there were only a few dozen mating pair surviving in the United States. Special protected areas were set aside for them and in the 1940s they were made a protected species. Over time the population recovered and today the roseate spoonbill is no longer a protected species. These are highly social birds and like to flock and live in colonies. What grand birds to watch!
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.