Description According to an old Chinese legend, Buddha summoned the animals to him before he departed from the earth; twelve representatives of the animal kingdom came to bid him farewell. He rewarded them by naming a year after each one in repeating cycles through eternity.The animal ruling the year in which a child born is the animal 'hiding in the heart,' casting a strong influence on personality, spirit, and fate. The rabbit was the fourth animal to arrive, and thus rules over the calendar in the fourth year of every twelve. People born into the Year of the Rabbit are said to be intelligent, intuitive, gracious, kind, loyal, sensitive to beauty, diplomatic and peace-loving, but prone to moodiness and periods of melancholy. Were you born during the year of the rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011?
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.