Description Memorial Day is not Veterans Day; it is the day set aside each year for remembering the men and women who died while serving during times of war and military conflict. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. In contrast to the fact that Memorial Day has become a big commercial holiday, the impact on the families and loved ones of those lives lost in the line of duty remains profound and personal. The rudimentary basis for this holiday is to bring solace to the loved ones for their grief and to remember the people who sacrificed their lives. Do they want balloons for Memorial Day sales extravaganzas? I do not believe so. I think there are better excuses for store specials.
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.