Description In Natchitoches, Louisiana, Magnolia Plantation stands as a grand reminder of American slavery and the prosperity cotton and tobacco afforded the pre-Civil War American South. The oppression of the slaves who cleared the land, constructed the plantation house and store, and planted and harvested the fields left Magnolia plantation riddled with ghost stories. The 5000 acre plantation was established in 1830 by Ambrose Lecomte II and his wife, Julia Buard, to expand the family's cotton production by using slave labor. Up until the 1970s people were still picking cotton by hand. In 1994, the plantation was donated to the National Park Service who preserved the haunted historic site that was falling into ruins.Leg stocks still stand on the property that were used for public punishment, humiliation and starvation. Journal entries from plantation foremen and members of the Lecomte family describe the hunting of escaped slaves into neighboring states. Though some still insist that the slaves at Magnolia were treated humanely, lingering artifacts reveal the haunting truth.
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries. All the art in my galleries are original creations. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact me as well. I can look into matters myself to get answers for you. I want to make sure your experience purchasing my art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact me at: www.spadecallerart.com
At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)