Description Miss Cogan was my elderly neighbor. We met for the first time when I was about 7 years old. She had a beautiful and secluded backyard. My first encounter occurred when I hopped her fence to see her wonderful rock pond that she stocked with goldfish. This is what I remember her saying to me: 'Yesterday, I scared away some boys.They climbed the fence and tried to catch the Goldfish.Today, I saw you sitting and watching them swim.You are welcome anytime; Just use the gate, please'. We remained friends until she died nearly 10 years later at age 97.
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.