Contemporary artist specializing in full spectrum painting, mural, animation and digital hybrid art.

Early Mahaloness

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I am not exactly sure where it all comes from. I do not come from a family of artists, though my mom and grandpa were very much paint enthusiasts. I fell into painting in 2004, literally, even though my ambition was telling me to be a filmmaker, and I do not mean crew, I wanted to make films, and went as far as to go to a film school in Toronto, it didn’t exactly work out with the school, though I did discover my first art exhibition, began drawing every day, wrote a feature length screenplay, which I do hope to share with you soon, and basically opened up my creative flood gates after years of suppression. I also brought an old film camera and fell in love with b&w street photographer, which I hope to share soon. The street photography really opened up my eyes to street art, and the ever evolving urban sub cultures that were buzzing around me. I think this really influenced one of my first paintings, attached here, which is a self portrait if you will, and it represents where I was at during those days. It was my first real foray into painting after about a ten or more year dry spell dating back to my high school days. My art teachers back in those days saw no real talent in me, I knew it was in me, but I didn’t really have any solid encouragement in those days, which I think is crucial to increasing the longevity, and perhaps enjoyment of ones career in art, that’s just my opinion. I make no excuses because I worked hard at it, whenever I could, and loved doing it. No one told me to do it, and like my Chinese fortune read last night in the lovely company of my darling Spacebabe, “if you think you can, you can.” The painting is titled Easty Westy, I was a Westy who headed East in search of a creative voice, I now realize it was the right choice, even though there were those days when I felt like giving into to the pressure of getting a ‘real’ job, or slaving away for the man, no, I chose to pursue my passion, and it’s never been that easy, yet it has been a wonderful life, and worth all the blood sweat and tears. Mahaloness
Mahalonesspainting 30 x 40 in. acrylic on canvas 2004-05 Easty Westy in private collection
prints available upon request



Author: hälts

Mahaloness is an art blog documenting the inner spirit and artist journey of Shane Haltman, also referred to as 'hälts'. He lives, breathes and makes art in Canada. Hälts often travels to remote and exotic locations to produce community spirit murals and paintings using available materials. He is unconventional in his approach to art and chooses unique projects and sometimes they choose him. He is known for guerrilla lawn art shows, painting helmet art for a Canadian Olympic Athlete, and once painted a magic bus out of this world. Mostly he is human as anyone else, however very driven and disciplined with respect to his artistic practice. He has experience working with the bereaved and helping people who are experiencing, or who have experienced trauma in their lives. He also enjoys working with the youth and passing on his wisdom, usually in the form of art jams. Hälts is a full spectrum artist, living and breathing art, as a daily practice, in this mixed up beautiful world.

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