Mahaloness

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


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Studios

If there is one thing I have had no shortage of it would be studio space. Every one has it’s own feel and atmosphere, sometimes wide open, sometimes closed in. I spent nearly 3 months of my life in an old run down, yet still operational warehouse/industrial space in the middle of the prairie, during a rather frigid Canadian winter painting a cosmic space bus. I spent 3 months on Maui, and eventually made a bunch of things there that were completely infused with the energy and rhythms of that place. One of the advantages of being anonymous, so to speak, is I can go to cool places and do my thing and hardly anyone notices until that is I get discovered and than I simply move on. I have spent most of my life living under the radar and in some ways the advantages if that outweigh the pressure of conforming to a certain style or technique, or pleasing the gallery I am with, or keeping the collectors happy, that is superfluous to making art. Every space/environment I make art in opens my mind to so many interesting and beautiful possibilities, and this can be a blessing when the fear is kept at bay. Werner Fassbinder made a film about, ‘Fear eats the Soul’, does it not?

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A rather heavy foto post, lets go studio tour!

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Hillhurst Hardware mural

I made this mural in 2010 on the storefront of one of Calgary’s oldest independently owned and run hardware shops, located in Calgary’s urban village, Kensington/Sunnyside. The project took approximately 3 weeks to complete, and was my very first independent solo undertaking. It has held up well, considering it gets blasted by the sun and is constantly exposed to the weather that is famous to Calgary. I have heard through the grapevine this building is due for demolition, not sure when exactly. It’s fate is in the hands of the developers as they try to give Kensington a facelift of sorts, I will be there that day with a video camera no doubt.
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everything flows nothing stands still. -Heraclitus
Or as a Cuban friend once told me, everything is impermanent.
Hillhurst Hardware mural foto 2014

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Portrait of an unknown man

I came across a picture called ‘Portrait of a Man’ by Willard Clay, who I really do not know much about. I do know that Willard possibly photographed a Native American man sometime ago in the badlands of North Dekota. I first saw the photograph on a book cover, ‘The Native Americans’ An Illustrated History. It caught my eye immediately. When I researched it a little bit more I found that the man in the photo did not have a name. The caption on the picture simply read ‘portrait of a man’ by Willard Clay. I decided to draw from the photo and made it into this watercolour. I have a tendency of starting with the eyes. In doing so I make an immediate connection with the subject I am working on. Whenever I draw ideas always come to me and in a flash I saw the man’s head transform into the land, and went with it. The idea being you and I are part of the land, the sea, the animals, the plants, the sky, the history, everything. We all come from somewhere, and our connection is closer than what we may think.

I felt that watercolour really suited this portrait, and I went with some really nice pigments and used a high quality paper. If there’s one thing I do feel is important, it would be using quality materials. If you are going to spend time on something you love doing, than doing it with the best available products is the way to go. I want to provide people with the most beautiful art that brings a sense of calm, peace and tranquillity in this lifetime.

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portrait of an unknown man

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