Mahaloness

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


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808 soultime

It is in silence that the soul speaks.

-Vera Stanley Alder

During the summer of 2012 a spirit called me to the 808 State. I was going through some tough times and I decided to go on an adeventure, get out of the bubble I had made myself and go do some serious soul searching in the middle of the Pacific. I felt it was time to reboot my hard drive and build some new memories, new ones to replace the old ones that had ran their course. The trip lasted much longer than anticipated, one month turned into three, Maui has a way of doing that. I was given a real crash course on island life and discovered that when one is travelling alone there is plenty of silence for the soul to speak.

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This so happens to be my 808 th post, so here are a few gems from my island adventure, these aren’t your typical tourist shots of beautiful waterfalls or turquoise waves lapping ever so gently on a white sand beach, no my friends these are real shots of my full immersion into island life, behind the scenes, and in between. Where it all started, Mahaloness that is.

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the backyard, looking towards Haleakala
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IMG_2887.JPGThere is nothing quite like a cup of coffee in a canoe….morning ritual

IMG_2901.JPGthe studio(s) outdoor styles, scorpions, centipedes and all.

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IMG_2920.JPGthe gallery, ohana styles, featuring a Mahaloness protective wall mural, welcomes the good ones and dispels the negative ones. The rest of the art was made on found objects and building scraps my friend Jim gave me. The work came out so raw and I really channeled the island vibrations.

IMG_2884.JPGwhen you work outside in the elements you have to expect guests, this little guy was one of my favorites, there were many…

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Akoni St. guest ohana outside wall dream maker mural installation

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to be cont….

To my Hawaiian family I miss you and love you always. Thank you for letting me into your world I can never thank you enough, Mahaloness!


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Art?

One more time… “What isn’t art?” -Pablo Picasso

Art is my language, a somewhat universal language, through symbols and colors, I am searching for the truth of the moment, and when the moment is elevated an engraved memory is produced. It is the implementation of learning that becomes the act of painting, an extension of the experience, the defining moment. These elements make for paintings that will stimulate those who face it, with thought waves that they may also know well. The dialogue remains open, I want people to add to the story, that is the art, ongoing creation, impermanence, so that the story changes as time moves onwards. I am in the process of letting go of some old engraved memories that have the complete opposite effect to creativity, that are charged with negative energy, and as I peel away the layers I discover my true self, so that the good work may continue.

FotoMahaloness -my art, or as channeled through me, for you, bits and pieces of moments past, on a magical island where the A’ina is strong, I had to completely change my style, well nearly completely, simplify. There are works on canvas, paper, recycled wood, brick done at midnight…. Mediums: Ink and paint, and whatever I had at my fingertips. All copyright to Mother Earth and Mahaloness

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Motherland

The magic never stops on Maui. This place is charged. The volcano is the foundation, you can feel it, sometimes literally, my last trip here there was a 4.7 magnitude earthquake, just a little reminder from Mother Earth. Around the Volcano is an Ocean, Lady Pacifica, in all her majesty. I am in a steady flux of humble while I am here, every moment something magical is happening and if I can let go of the pain and the suffering that makes me human I can create masterpieces, not so much because of my skills, my abilities or talent, it has to do with letting go of all the other stuff, and than I am free to channel the energy. The energy can be so strong here that if you are not mindfully aware you can be swept off your feet and float to the top of the volcano, Haleakala, said to be some 30 000 years old, a child in relation to the origin of Earth. It is fitting that there is a term for the land in the Hawai’in language called ʻĀina which means the land, and the connection we have to it, as in to be a steward of the land, in synergy with the land, not against it. It is no surprise than that when you experience ʻĀina that it feels magical, and similar to a phenomenon, in that there really are no words to describe it. Luckily I am a painter and artist, so it is my job, joy of being, to tap into ʻĀina and interpret it through process. Some may consider it to be a spiritual experience, I am one of those people, it is as if when I am here that it is not me that paints the painting, it is the spirit of this place, that channels through me and guides me along. The paintings I have attached are the result of this experience, and it is not as if the paintings are an end result, they are chapters in a book, and the book is growing all the time. Today I am preparing to show some of the work made on Maui, it is exciting to me because I was not born here, yet I feel a connection to this place, and it is my hope that showing the work that the viewer will experience the mystical qualities of ʻĀina, while at the same time be reminded that we are pretty lucky to be here on this planet, with all her beauty, and wonder. We are the stewards of the Motherland and the ocean, it is our collective responsibility to care for our planet so that the future generations, the kama’aina, children of the land, will be able to experience her magic and be supported by her natural abundance.
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Paintings made from scrap building material, recycled and turned into masterpieces thanks to this beautiful land and ocean. Mahaloness

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