Description Canna lily plants are large tropical and subtropical perennial herbs. The canna was one of the earliest domesticated plants in the Americas. Commonly called achira in Latin America, it was cultivated by Native Americans in tropical America for thousands of years, because of its starchy edible root and many other benefits. All Canna species that were introduced into Europe can be traced back to the Americas. The canna lily is one of the most popular garden plants. Its uses are extensive and varied. It is used as a food source for humans and livestock, decorative beads, purple dye for coloring fabric, and as a fiber for making paper. The Vietnamese make cellophane noodles and in Thailand canna lilies are a traditional gift for Fathers Day. Above all, the bold and brilliant blooms make it a favorite addition to the finest gardens. The Hourglass Tree Frog is another South American native. They inhabit the humid lowlands on the Caribbean and Pacific slopes of Costa Rica. Its coppery eyes and brilliant yellow markings made a great companion for this canon lily. This is a digital composite of photos fused with hand painted elements.
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries. All the art in my galleries are original creations. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact me as well. I can look into matters myself to get answers for you. I want to make sure your experience purchasing my art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact me at: www.spadecallerart.com
At eight years old in the late 50’s, I started private training in traditional oil techniques. To this day, I owe my appreciation to my mother, who has since passed away. Through considerable personal sacrifice, she nurtured my artistic talent and provided me with the tools and circumstances to begin my creative journey - the journey that I still follow. I cherish the memories of the art exhibits and museums that we visited in Manhattan. I later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's and up until the late 80's, I exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. Presently, I reside in Florida with my loving wife, who I've been married to for thirty years. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, I turned to creating digital hand painted images and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that I had once found in oils. - Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)