Description In ancient times the Shofar (trumpet made from a ram's horn) was blown to call men into action for battle. Today, the blowing of the Shofar marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. But most importantly, it is the call to God on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. 'The blowing of the ram's horn stirs me from a spiritual slumber. It is the sound of my broken heart. It heralds my first glance at unflinching self-awareness.The sound of the shofar is the sound of grief. I have failed to live up to my true potential. From the depths of my soul, I cry out for help. I cry for hope. I cry for forgiveness. I cry for those I've hurt and for those I need to find reconciliation with. I cry for the courage to change and to start anew. My soul yearns for the rebirth of a better self. On Yom Kippur, I share my tears with others; I don't cry alone'. -Spadecaller
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.