Description The history of Akkerman Fortress began in ancient Greek times. It survived the Roman Empire, Moldavian kingdoms, Genoese domination, Ottoman Turks, and the Russian Empire. The fortress is in Odessa, one of the largest and most important seaside trading cities and tourist areas of Southern Ukraine. It is June 23,2022, and the usual wine tasters or tourists are not to be seen. The beaches and restaurants are vacant. Dark clouds envelop the medieval fortress. While a congregation of hungry gulls at Akkerman Fortress hustle to gather food from the black sea, Russian missiles strike the nearby seaport. Explosions mimic claps of thunder.Before the war, Ukraine was among the worlds major exporters of grain. The twenty million tons of Odessas trapped grain is a tragedy for many people. In the Horn of Africa, villagers trek for days across dust-blown wastelands to flee from the drought-induced famine. In cities from Syria to Central America, families go to bed hungry. In Afghanistan, starving children stream into hospitals. The grain that was bound for these people will not arrive. Stormy Skies Over Akkerman Fortress, is a hand-painted digital image and photo composite created in Spadecallers Florida Studio on 8/17/2022.
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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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