Mahaloness

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


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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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hälts gone Oregon 

Recently adventure called. It goes by many names such as a trip, a journey, or a pilgrimage. Following a long stretch of art making  I was ready for a recharge. It is not so easy for me to just walk away from responsibilities and obligations, they are omnipresent and I have a way of overriding these primal impulses. We are creatures of habit, and it’s easy to get sucked into the vortex forgetting there are many vortexes, similar to a river with eddies one has the potential to paddle and navigate, getting to new places and getting aquatinted with new geography. It has been my experience that acting on the adventure impulse can lead to great discoveries, whether that be of self, or of magical places that exist on this beautiful planet. 

And now a little exerpt from the book of travels… 

So before I could be swayed by doubt I packed my bags, and bought a cheap flight to Portland, thanks to Gord and air miles. My plan was to meet up with my friend, whom I will refer to as Moon. Moon was in the midst of a road trip in the States, she is the one who planted the seed to come meet her. The day before my departure I was tested, this comes as no surprise because everything leading up to the trip was just working out too damn well. It turned out, thanks to my friend Gord over a fine cup of coffee, that my passport was expired. I was leaving in less than 48 hours. I went ballistic, at least for a moment, my mind began turning over like a plane propeller, I needed a miracle, it was that simple. Gord by now had pulled up in his cobalt cerulean blue VW van and we proceeded to head for a place where I could get passport photos taken. Of course when I arrived at the store there was no one at the desk, I stood there for what seemed like forever, panic began to sink its claws, I tried to keep it at bay. An elderly lady joined me in the line, I turned and said to her, ” doesn’t seem to be anyone here to help us”, and I quickly explained my situation, she said, “good luck”,  and I took this as a good sign. Perhaps sensing the delusion of grandeur, a store clerk came over, I gave him the low down, he quickly told me it would be at least 48 hours for me to get my passport. I said, “lets just see what happens”and he happily snapped my passport photo, perhaps the best one to date, he really nailed it, considering my last shocker of a passport photo. After a short wait of staring at prices of stuff on the shelves as a distraction, the clerk arrived with a grin and my passport photos.  It also happened to be the beginning of Stampede in my hometown, the largest outdoor show on earth, so they say. I thought to myself, bummer. So Gord and I jumped in the van and took some back roads, and wouldn’t you know it we found a parking spot right in front of the government office. With surprising grace I jumped out and ran like a gazelle into the waiting room, much to the dismay of the security guard. Turns out a parade day is the best day to take care of business at a government building, there was no lines and I found myself face to face with a government clerk who was quite helpful and the fear loosened it’s grip. Turns out paying a little bit more money can get you out to of a pickle, and with a swipe of my debit card I would receive my passport in less than 24 hours, just in the nick of time. Next day I packed my bags, went back to the office and picked up my passport and headed to the airport. I was a man exhausted, thank goodness for adrenaline and the anticipation of a the adventure ahead. ‘Go time’ as  Gord would say, first stop Portland for a couple days of city exploration, namely Powell’s Books, which I definitely did not have enoug money for, it is insane there, so many great books in one place, I nearly lost my mind, and my the contents of my wallet. Goddam there’s only one thing to do, power read and buy what you can, and than get the hell out of there! And I mean out of the city, so we did, next stop Nahalem. 

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to be above the clouds is a privileged experience, as in a rare opportunity that I take great pleasure in.


And now a new hälts minimotion ‘Portland’ with soundscape ‘Portland is a type of concrete’ featuring flight footage and some street footage from the city of coffee, doughnuts, Powell’s Books, and bridges


​Following a successful mission to Powell’s Books, it was time to hit the road. There really is no other place I would rather be than next to the ocean. The smell, the sand, the sounds, the marine air, it all just adds up to a massive soul hug, instantaneous internal happiness erupts and everything else just drifts out to sea. 

Nahalem, Oregon coast, cold wind and sea and things that bite but you can’t see, beautiful as far as the eye can sea

Nature’s sculptural skills have always blown my mind

one with the other

where sea meets sand

I nearly lost my mind in this land of beautiful spectacular

sand, wind, sea, watercolour, fancy free

this studio has no walls

paint vibrations

still frame from beach timelapse, speechless


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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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peace obama(s)

Since 2008 I’ve been working on a series of paintings documenting the Obama years, which I coin as a ‘paintamentary’. The idea for the series titled, ‘are you a believer?’ was planted on a field trip to New York to visit an old friend, check out art, be a sponge, and let the city be the guide. The trip was overwhelming, being an open vessel every bit of free space was filled, including the Obama buzz, everyone was seemingly on board with this guy, young, old, black, white, and in between. Hope was the catch phrase of the day. Following the trip I was painting late at night listening the the radio, as I do, and all the buzz was Obama this, Obama that, it was everywhere, inescapable, yes even in Canada. So like any responsible artist I decided to document the buzz through my painting, and the paintamentary was born. As the years went by attitudes changed, like a baramoter of human consciousness, the series unfolded. Each painting tells a story of that spectrum of time. As I continued working I discovered I had developed a disdain for politicians, most likely  due to a steady diet of reading  the likes of Hunter S. Thompson and his coverage of the nasty underbelly of American politics. That said you don’t have to read HST to see that politics is steeped in corruption, and that big business runs the world, and their intentions is aimed at one thing, build the economy first, make themselves rich, and let us deal with environmental degradation later. No doubt we are an interesting species and thats what makes life interesting although complex, with so many nuances, opinions, and ideas floating around it can be hard to make any kind of coherent and well articulated approach to this quagmire. I do however intend to persevere, keep educating myself and make meaningful art and use my platforms well. I don’t see any Trump paintings in my future,however it does motivate me to make some positive art that channels source and furthers the work of my ancestors, art stewardship, that’s what’s up, persevere, make more art. 

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The journey continues with minimotions and pictures for point of reference, below you will see various stages of my paintamentary series and a brand new minimotion called ‘peace obama(s) featuring 8 years of ‘are you a believer?’ animated and accompanied to my newest soundscape ‘painter man’, enjoy! Any insights, questions, comments please send them my way would love to see them. Mahaloness over and out….oh wait! I will be opening a Mahaloness ETSY SHOP so exciting news there, I will be selling mostly prints, start off small, I will make an announcement when that’s good to go⚡️ 



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the path 

 Art is journey, it is all encompassing, always changing, one might even say transforming. In this lifetime there is only so much time, so small sacrifices are made in order to make healing, positive, meaningful art. What goes in is what will come out, and to be self aware is a vital part of the process. Tapping source and Nature exploration is necessary, while letting the subconscious be what it is, mindfully aware of how it  dances. Finding balance in a world with seemingly endless information is helpful, it is easy to be overwhelmed. There is an urgency to get things done because time seems fleeting and life demands, the essential practice is to breathe, ground and remain in a state of calm in the storm.  This is a daily practice that wavers and undulates, constantly learning and growing, this is the the path hälts is on. 

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new hälts minimotion ‘between’ and the soundscape is called ‘tapping source’ 

the healer painting superimposed over the woods and mountains of BC, Canada, Naturally

the carver, hälts main vehicle in between destinations)

hälts ink ‘spirit eye’ from the white lodge book

hälts palettes mirrored

‘double butterfly’ hälts hybrid art (painting to digital)

hälts ‘in it’ (live painting at Calgary New Age Books and Crystals located 104 10 St NW)


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fire and water

In the dreamtime I see a world that is both new and ancient, in the dreamtime I am me as myself in a place where I want to be. 

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⚡️hälts minimotion ‘fire and water’ with soundscape ‘interlude no 7’

sitting in a dark room with a painting called ‘Mayucan’ (whirlwind place)

body art by hälts for Anna, painted at Calgary New Age where hälts currently has a pop up studio/gallery, come by for a visit 🐇 104 10 St NW

‘Butterfly’ hälts hybrid art featuring a detail from ‘the healer’ live painting going on at Calgary Mew Age Books and Crystals✨

⚡️ hälts live art painting called ‘the healer’ currently in production at Calgary New Age Books and Crystals, hälts custom sweatshirt in frame, contact hälts for details at mahaloness@gmIl.com for any art inquiries, Mahaloness⚡️


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really fresh

The live art continues and hälts has been putting in the extra time to make some new minimotion clips, the following called ‘really fresh’ was made in your local shop, sipping some cold brew, and making waves even in the metaphorical sense. Well here are a few plates and images form recent life, the artist path winds its way toads new adventure, hälts is ready. 
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and now  ‘really fresh’ with soundscape ‘you’ve got the eye too’ ⚡️🐇⚡️

‘really fresh’ plate shot

flower interlude

Ro coffee ritual

detail of new hälts live art painting