Description n Europe and the Mediterranean region, cyclamen populations have been depleted due to collection from the wild, usually illegally, for the horticultural trade. As a result, some species are now endangered. Fortunately, in a few areas, plant conservation organizations have educated local people to manage the harvest prudently at a sustainable level, including sowing seed for future crops, both sustaining the wild populations and producing a reliable long-term income. Of course, many cyclamen are also propagated in nurseries, which does not affect the wild species.
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.