Description Yellowfin tuna is the top tropical tuna harvested by U.S. fishermen in the Atlantic. More than half of this catch comes from longline fisheries, which operate in the northwest Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Over-harvesting presents a clear threat to sustaining the species on a long term basis. Inadequate monitoring of longline commercial fishing throughout the world poses a serious threat to many species. Longlines frequently snare sea turtles and marine mammals. In recent years safety devices have been developed to reduce the unintentional hooking of sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins. However, research shows that many longliners continue to ignore these conservation standards. Hopefully, conservation advocates and educated consumers can continue to pressure the big tuna corporations to establish enforceable standards globally. Digitally hand-painted in the style of ultra- realism with elements derived from a base reference image in the public domain. Copyright Matthew Schwartz 2014All images and personal poetry/prose are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced, downloaded, distributed, transmitted, copied, reproduced in derivative works, displayed, published or broadcast by any means or in any form without prior written consent from the artist. My copyright does not imply rights to an underlying public domain image and I make no such claim. Copyright on works derived from or based on images in the public domain applies only to the subsequent manipulation or painting resulting from my changes. The original image remains in the public domain and such images are used in accordance with international law.
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.