Description Above the city a fortress stands at the slopes of a huge mountain, where a woodsman, Ewan, lived for many years. When anyone asked about his unique stone house, he described it as a gift, yet he offered nothing about its origin. Ewan had promised never to share how this stone citadel on the cliffs became his home. However, after his death, his diary revealed the story. When Ewan was young, he had come to the forest. The strong young man built a small hut and ventured out to cut and sell his wood. One stormy morning just as he emerged from the dark hut, he heard a scream. Grabbing his ax, he spied a man pinned beneath a large oak tree that had fallen. Without a word, Ewan began chopping away at the tough oak tree. After some time, he pulled the tree away. A well-dressed man stood up and told him that he was wandering in the forest hoping to clear his worries away, when the wind began to blow. Ewan listened. The young nobleman explained his dilemma. I am supposed to marry the kings daughter and live in the stone house that I just had constructed. But while I was stuck under the tree, I realized that I did not want to be trapped ever again. I have decided! I want to reward you for saving my life. You shall have the stone citadel by the cliffs. It is now yours. But promise me that you will never tell anyone that I gave it to you. Ewan promised. 'Citadel by the Cliffs,' is a hand-painted digital image and photo composite created in Spadecaller's Florida Studio on 12/22/2020.
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About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
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