Mahaloness

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


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an offering 

  As I travel through this unfamiliar land I begin to release the pressures that life brings, and the soul does sing. I am guided by an inner desire to explore this planet, always observing its changes, some subtle, some more extreme. Here in the coast I smell the the salty ocean air, sun kissed, all that was a problem evaporates with the morning dew, only leaving a heightened sense and clearer view. New experiences, new perceptions, the ocean brings healing to being and calms the mind made busy in the pursuit of maya and the illusions that life presents. Here I am carefree, worry free, anxieties driven by the hustle and bustle lifestyle to maintain some kind of comfortable existence fades quickly replaced by soothing sounds of lapping waves on a beach, sparkling with millions upon millions of tiny beads, birds singing, and a cool sea breeze. Let me live in this moment forever even though I know this to be fleeting, I will keep this moment in my memory banks for those days when life turns blue. 

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When on the road there are people who will leave you something nice, reminding you that humanity despite the news is alive and well

morning yum made with love by my travelling companion

I am always fascinated with the local flora when I arrive in a new place.

​I love to timelapse the sky, here is the sky near Seaside Oregon, close to where the Columbia River meets the  Pacific Ocean. 
It is time to move on to see some giants, ancient trees, remanants of what was, and a reminder to continue to protect these areas, stewardship, so that future generations can experience these amazing trees in person, not just on a computer or smart phone screen. 

And now from the hälts ART vault

Here are three treasures from the vault, they show my early forrays and amalgamation of abstract, realism and surrealism. I had a lot of urban influence early on, as well I was interested in Japanese kabuki, mokuhanga (wood block printing), specifically ukiyo-e artistic genre. I have continued to work on this style as you will see in the last image which is a recent foto from my studio. 

‘easty westy’ acrylic on canvas c.2006

‘geisha’ wearable art, hand painted cap c.2005


Currently in the studio 

a new painting called ‘SLO’ and ‘forest wolf’ and some other WIP projects including a skeleton helmet for an Olympic athlete I am about to transform into a moose, more on that in future posts.



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traveling artist (part 2)

Q: What is the purpose of your trip?

A: To spend time observing the ocean, stand with a few of the remaining old growth forests, and with a little bit of luck decompress. 

As I wonder along an elusive path hidden by tall grasses I trust my instincts and find my way to an opening. In front of me a sandy beach flanked by sculpted sand dunes, and a lonely sea gull gliding effortlessly with the cold Pacific breeze. This morning is calm, puffy white clouds drift by, and tide is low heading towards high. The saltiness of the air is refreshing to the senses, as the land and the sea remind me just how magnificent this planet is. 

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‘gone to sea’ a new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘taking time’ featuring footage captured by me while in Nahalem, Oregon, while on road trip up the coastline towards Canada, which is North, eh. 


I could spend a century wondering these beaches with relative stationary sand dunes, staring out to sea, and bringing it back in to observe the tiny elements that make up this fascinating ecosystem. The one thing I have always noticed about the Oregon coast is the cooler temperatures especially when there is a sea breeze, thankfully there are many natural and human aided structures to take some shelter and a poncho can go a long ways.

jelly fish washed up onda beach, how far did it travel to get here?

the tent in all its glory

‘painted rock’ found at a tire place we went to due to some strange sounds coming from the wheel, I took this as a good sign

‘tides change’ a water colour digital hybrid that I painted while exploring Nahalem, beach styles


And now for a new feature on Mahaloness, a look back at my work from the hälts art archives….

 Over the years I have been very fortunate to work on commission work. This is a very rewarding part of my art because one it pays the bills, and also I have a chance to work so many great people who we artists call ‘patrons’. Without patrons artist would not thrive, both now and historically speaking. It is through these commission paintings that I have been able to hone in on my skills and push my comfort zones with respect to the subject matter. For the most part I have gotten most of my work through word of mouth, and some commissions through social media. This did not happen overnight, even though there were times I wish it did. Usually my commission work starts with a meeting, where I sit down with my clients and we discuss what it is they want and I try to offer my expertise and knowledge based on my experience. I do tend to work intuitively so learning how to communicate this to clients has taken some time, in terms of earning there trust, while also in keeping  with their vision. Through the process I tend to share updates and occasionally will have studio visits, which are really quite fun and satisfying, especially when the client is stoked with what they see, this makes the work less stressful and the patron feels like they are part of the process. What I would like to do in future posts is write about some of these commissions specifically as they do have stories that go above and beyond the paintings themselves. Lastly, I will be starting a new chapter with Mahaloness and interviewing people from various walks of life, especially areas that I am particularly interested in as an artist, so more on that in future posts, for now enjoy the commissions and may Mahaloness be with you. 

Here are a few commissions from the hälts archives. 

‘Crystal Buddha’ (acrylic on wood) c.2016

My very first independent mural project for Hillhurst Hardware mural c.2010 Calgary Ab

‘eye of compassion’ c.2013 acrylic on canvas

My first ever commission painting ‘Daivd Niven’ (the original pink panther) made back in 2005! Acrylic on Canvas


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Summertime heatwave

Life is hustle

keeping mind in tune

to the rhythms of the season

Summertime 

In full bloom

heatwave 

drink water 

your good 

it’s time to hit the road 

….and now some fotos and a minimotion special feature ⚡️

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Rise with the tide, going with the flow, paddling when necessary, hälts has been a busy little artist 

hälts in his studio being himself for the sake of the document

‘pueo’s dream’ a new painting on recycled cardboard, recently completed for Karen😎🙌🌞

therianthropic images often enter a hälts painting because he paints from spirit, detail from ‘pueo’s dream’

‘za lightening’ recent storm still frame from a video clip for a future minimotion

David Hockney moment no. 23575 perhaps a future watercolour theme

‘soaring’ hälts eagle friend in mid nips what makes hälts tick

Happy Post 4th of July, hälts painting from the archives ‘Pride’

hälts be eating right, kale form the garden, oh yeah🌿💚

new painting WIP titled ‘SLO’ hanging with ‘therianthropica’

la studio Mahaloness in full effect (timelapse footage for future minimotion) 

And NOW! hälts minimotion special feature presentation⚡️🌞😎🔥💛🌴🌹💫🇨🇦​
‘those eyes tho’ 🐬 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘my passport expired’ featuring hand painted Vans for @zoe.h23 who sent hälts a DM concerning some sneaks she wanted painted, hälts was up for the challenge and this special feature hopefully captures the essence of what hälts does, which is paint and with a little luck inspire, Mahaloness out to Zoë, hälts hopes you are wearing them! 🦄 side note hälts is off to Portland to meet his forest faerie friend ✨✨✨

hälts is on Instagram as Mahaloness, follow this link⚡️ Mahaloness⚡️


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a beautiful thing 

It has been a beautiful start to the summer, hälts has been in the studio, with periodic trips to BC to visit family, hang out with the wildlife and reenergize for ​​the work ahead. Life is a beautiful.

Minimotion Special Feature! 

‘pueo sesshins’ 🕯 hälts was ‘in it’ late last night trying to finish his ‘pueo’s dream’ here is a new minimotion featuring timelapse clips from various sesshins with soundscape ‘cumulus rising’ ​​​

‘a rose is but a rose’ 🌹 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘slo down’ featuring some timelapse footage from a recent BC sojourn to visit the elders, and hälts WIP ‘painted turtle’s dream’ using a few in camera tricks😎​​​


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feeding the soul 

Art is here to nourish the soul and gives us things to consider as we navigate this life together.

It has been true to hälts that to be an artist means you are always on and, there is always  work to be done.  The practice is ceaseless and the behind the scenes work  is no slouch. It is a part of the modern day artist and the ever ending ‘get your work out there!’ This  includes  promotion, finding commissions, cataloging and formatting the work, social media, doing live art, all of which takes time. This does not mean that hälts chains himself to the easel, it’s a good idea to put down the brush, leave the studio and go get some life experience, take time to do be with family, and visit the local wildlife. This feeds the soul of an artist and are key ingredients in hälts art process recipe.  Art might come from within, however it is the external that informs and offers ideas and fuels the human spirit which all goes back into the work. As much as hälts puts attention and care into the aesthetic of his work, there is a message in his paintings, drawings and minimotions. The message is this, we live in this world, we being humans, we also live amongst other living beings and all of us live together in various environments that we all rely upon, and when in a healthy state, thrive on. In hälts eyes we owe it to ourselves and to each other and all the living creatures on this living and breathing planet, to take care of it, treat it well, and do things that will ensure it lasts for future generations, otherwise we are heading down a perilous road and all this beauty and wonder will simply vanish before our eyes. Now some scenes form a recent sojourn to visit the elders, and spend some quality time with the natiral surroundings, flora, fauna, clouds, Sky, water, Eagles, hummingbirds, chipmunks, flowers, well, all of it. 

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first up a minimotion ‘getting squirrelly’ with soundscape ‘take it in full’ a recon mission by hälts after his mom said a squirrel has been raiding her hummingbird feeder, priceless 

caught inda act


bald eagle sanctuary

hälts took his Fineline fish out for a paddle, hopefully the eagle doesn’t pick it up in its talons, they are massive birds of prey, just an honour to spend time with them in this magical place

a rose from mama bears magic garden

‘two worlds’ either we protect these sites or we watch them vanish before our eyes


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flower power 

Somedays you just need to stop and smell the flowers, and this is exactly what hälts did. 

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Here are some fotos from hälts moms secret magic garden, it takes a lot of work, care and attention to maintain a garden, this has been a great lesson for hälts and inspires him to put that kind of carr and attention into his art practice.

the elders home in BC, a hidden bit of paradise

hälts stone path completed last summer look as if it’s been there forever

nothing like a good magic garden watercolur sesshin, seen here is hälts WIP ‘painted turtle’s dream’

life is full of everything imaginable and unimaginable, taking the time to sit and let the human spirit express is a key to a healthy life


hälts ink from his white lodge book juxtaposed with his moms summer roses


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dream within a dream 

Is this life but a dream within a dream

Wondering

What does it all mean

Walking down endless city sidewalks 

sparkling like diamonds

Alone in a city of a million

The smell of lilacs 

overwhelms the illusion

That fills our lives 

And holds us back

From being who we truly are 

Push on my good friends

Push on

For the sun shall shine again 

And for a brief moment time will stand still

Take it in with a grin

And thank your lucky stars

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A few fotos and a timelapse of recent events and life moments courtesy hälts 

an ink drawing WIP from the white lodge book


a new minimotion feauting hälts in his last live art sesshin at the new age crystal and book shop, a brahbbit animation for the humours sake, ‘closing a chapter’ with soundscape ‘dream within a dream’ ​​​

the sky in all its glory

‘eagle eye’ a live art painting WIP hälts has been working over the last couple months

life is precious make it count

night time city sky