Description Poster: My unholy enemy is hopelessness. Today on the battlefield of doubt he will meet defeat. I will not hide when he chants his demonic curse; You can not make a difference. I will stand erect and light the torch. I will kindle the splinters of hope until they become my burning desire. The light of trust will ignite my efforts and I will no longer toil halfheartedly in vain. Hope will transform fear to courage, failure into triumph, and dreams into realities. Before the sun sets, I will not stand alone. And, to the heavens we will shout joyously: We are the difference.
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.