Description In the United States the donkey was used as a beast of burden and for the breeding of mules, which are hybrids produced by mating mares and jackasses. Burros played a major role as pack animals in settling the western United States. From Spanish, borrico translates to “donkey,” and from late Latin burricus “small horse.” These burros live on the outskirts of Oatman, Arizona; and they are direct descendants from the gold miners that brought them to the area as pack animals. With the coming of World War II when many of the mines were shut down, the burros were set free to roam the hills. were set free. Since that time, they’ve been fruitful and multiplied.Digitally hand painted composite of images and photos created in Photoshop.
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.