Description The text in this poster are quotes by the author, Don Miguel Ruiz (born 1952), who is a Mexican author of Toltec spirituality and neoshamanistic texts. Significantly influenced by Carlos Castaneda, his work focuses on the Ancient Toltec teachings that are used to achieve happiness, serenity, and love through the application of spiritual principles. His most famous and influential work, The Four Agreements, was published in 1997 and has sold about 4 million copies. The message of the book advocates personal freedom from beliefs that we have made with ourselves and others that create limitation and unhappiness. I have found great wisdom and peace from practicing these principles in my daily life. The poster and graphics are by Matthew Schwartz. Copyright Matthew Schwartz 2014.
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.