Description Satyagraha is a force - a philosophy rooted in loving firmness. And just as a soft mushroom is able to break through thick concrete, the power of love can crack the hardest of hearts. Satyagraha is a philosophy and the practice of nonviolent resistance developed by Mahatma Gandhi. It was utilized in the Indian independence movement and also during his earlier struggles in South Africa. Satyagraha influenced Nelson Mandela in his struggle to overcome apartheid. Martin Luther King, Jr. relied upon its power in the civil rights movement in the United States, as well as many other social justice and similar movements. It is alive today.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.