Description In early June of 2016 a rare white Annas hummingbird appeared in the arboretum at the University of California. This was the first recorded sighting of this rare and beautiful bird in Santa Cruz. Since then, thousands of bird enthusiasts have come to see the exceptional bird. The bird is white do to a melanin deficiency caused by a condition known as Leucism. The white Annas hummingbird lacks the cells necessary to absorb the pigment into the feathers. It is different from the genetic condition, albinism, which is caused by the lack of melanin. While this phenomenon is exciting and rare to witness, life for the white hummingbird is precarious. Its lack of color can make the bird unattractive to mates. The lighter plumage provides little camouflage from predators like feral cats and hawks. In addition, the feathers lack the strength to protect the bird from harsh weather. This is a digital painting and composite created with modified background elements from Albert Bierstadts landscape painting, A Storm in the Rocky Mountains (1866).
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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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