Description 'A beast of burden it is not.No yoke adorns its crown.Majestic, and stoic of stature;master of the open ground.Lungs heave as bellows,sending snorts of pleasure and painfrom the massive bearded headon a thickly carpeted mane.Forelegs draped with sinews,to push or pull or run,carrying the mighty torsoover plains from sun to sun.Such nobles led great herds,of millions were their number;meant to last for time to come,but not immune to plunder.For what was ripe in beautyand lordly in its bearing,became not a source of food,but rich robes for the wearing.Quickly herds were slaughtered.The meat rotted in the sun.Few beasts were left remainingwhen all was said and done.What is left is the legacyof the beast, strong and proud;for it survived the fashionand truth now is its shroud.'Bison (Ode to the American Buffalo)- by Gerard A. Geiger
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.