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

it is amazing what…

Leave a comment

…stubbornness can conceive.

If there is one thing I know to be true of art, or at the very least in my experience…that all along the way did I have every reason to quit, to give up and walk away. What got me through the ups and downs? It was and remains to this day my unbridled curiosity with regards to the world I live in, and a sheer stubbornness to overcome the obstacles presented to me along the way, some of which outright flattened me and others that sent me well into the deep cosmos, in all directions.

fotospecial flashback Mahaloness
all of this here fotoMahaloness features my art, courtesy of my stubbornness, some may call it madness, I like to think of it as a paintamentary, recording life through paint, now presented to you through a digital output.

-one of my first real art commission piece for a patron, it was a huge learning process, I worked with the client directly, having frequent meetings and discussions, the client showed me a ink drawing of David Niven, I went on to create this interpretation from our early discussions and meetings.

20140206-152851.jpgthe obama series ‘are you a believer?’ A paintamentary covering the obama years, starting in 2009 just prior to his first presidency, the word on the street was full of hope, as I went on to paint the series his expression and public opinion started to come to life. I had to be stubborn throughout this series, as I am hardly a political artist, I do however consider myself a documentarian, in this case through paint, and what fascinated me the most was how fast public opinion turned far more pessimistic as time went on. There is a fifth obama painting that is not shown here.

20140206-153459.jpgcity eyes, of these city eyes.

When in the city
I paint
because I am stubborn.

cityeyes c.2005-06
12×12 in.
fotocopy transfer and acrylic paint on canvas


city man circa 2004
this is an early painting from a time when all I could see in every direction was city, this is my stubborn reaction to the city. It is far from pretty, and in a lot of ways that’s what stubborn is.20140206-153946.jpgthis is what happens when stubbornness and art come together. Every part of my being was telling me not to do this project, I did it anyway, stubborn does a stubborn does.
the magic bus called Ha
circa 2010
72 seater school bus canvas
3 month ordeal in the middle of nowhere, me, an airbrush and a bus, all quite stubborn in their own special way.

20140206-154639.jpgthe desert commission
I had never painted a desert before this, that I can remember. Before I started the desert painting I thought about projecting it, make it quick and fast, in the end my stubbornness won and I painted it from scratch, sculptural painting. Throughout this commission I was challenged by weather (a major flood) the first day I laid paint, than we were evacuated from our home and I took the painting with me wherever I stayed, painting when I could, until several months later I found a new home and was able to finish the work, in fact the last week of painting a house right next to me was demolished, the earth was shaking, I stubbornly continued onwards to completion.

20140206-160623.jpgstubbornness when channeled well can be your friend.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s