Description From ancient times the appearance of the wild orchid, which grew deep in the mountains, was compared to the mind of a noble and cultivated scholar, who had transcended the greed and fame-seeking of the secular world. Many exiled Korean literati enjoyed painting this orchid. The orchid is known as a symbol of purity and noble virtue due to its fragrance. This symbolism goes back to the Chin dynasty of 3rd Century. In ancient Korean culture, the orchid was regarded as a mirror of one's moral life.'Even though the world is filled with confusion When I gaze at one orchidI can forget all my problems.' - Song SunamDigitally hand painted image created in Photoshop.
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.