Description By the Gulf of Mexico waters on the west coast of Florida is a beautiful place known as Honeymoon Isle. The turquoise waters and white sand beach was once home for the Tocobaga tribe. Following the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1530, pirates, traders and fishermen came and went for the next two centuries. During this time, the Tocobaga tribe perished from disease. The island's metamorphosis quickened with the advent of exploration and settlement. By the 1830's it was listed on the map as Sand Island. The Hurricane of 1848 drove five feet of water over it, and the Island's failing hog farm spurred a name change to Hog Island by 1880. In 1921, another hurricane split the island, forming Hurricane Pass and Caladesi Island to the south. Honeymooners got their first glimpse of the Island in the early 1940's through newsreels and magazine ads, which showcased the subtropic paradise, palm-thatched bungalows, and balmy breezes. On the north end of the Island a trail meanders through virgin slash pine trees and palmettos. I love visiting the Island; it is only minutes from my home.
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)