Description Native to Africa, the burro was introduced to the Desert Southwest by the Spaniards in the 1500s. Today, most of Americas wild burros are found in Arizona, where they have been present since 1679, when Jesuit priest Padre Eusebion Kino brought them to the Spanish mission at San Xavier del Bac near what is now Tucson.Burros accompanied explorers and pioneers on their journeys throughout the West, surviving even when the harsh conditions claimed the lives of their human owners. In the Gold Rush years of the 19th century, burros were used primarily in the Southwest as pack animals for prospectors. They worked tirelessly to carry supplies to mining camps. By the end of the mining boom many of them escaped or were turned loose. With their innate ability to survive under the harshest conditions, wild herds eventually formed and flourished. This digital painting is entitled, Young Burro of the Sonoran Desert.Information about the artist, this image, and its creation: I am an old-school painter with many years of traditional experience. In recent years, I and many other artists, have developed their talent by using software to create digital art that is unique. The picture presented here, never existed in real life as a photo captured by a camera. This image started with a composite of photos and digitally hand-painted images that were first layered in Photoshop. The outcome is a unique image entirely. If you enlarge the image sufficiently, you will observe brush strokes and colors that were not produced by camera or by a paint brush. These strokes are painted by hand using digital software. I love and respect the art of photography and traditional art forms. However, the creation of this image exists beyond what the camera photographs. This alternative dimension of visual art steps beyond photography and outside the scope of oils, charcoal, pastels, acrylics, or watercolor. I hope that this vital and distinct form of art will continue to gain wider acceptance and r
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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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