Mahaloness

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


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history 

This is a story of a man who was set free, and who is know on a voyage of self discovery and peace. Following years of trials and tribulations he never gave up, there were close calls, there were some deep troughs, he always pulled through. It is in his journey that he discovered there is a divine force that has been with him all along that has guided him through the darkness and illuminated him so he was able to find his way. This is a form of liberation because he realized that he had been carrying a heavy pack and the weight was not his to carry. He has forged ahead with renewed vigour and slowly his heart returns to a healthy state, his spirit reclaimed, under the watchful eyes of his spirit ancestors. When the world gets you down just remember that you too have this with you, omnipresent, always, so continue on, empty the weight that is not ours to carry, respect yourself, sing to yourself, dance, love, laugh, go to the inner temple and revere yourself. There is a light in all of us, there is a sparkle in every humans eye, there is potential to turn things around, and this is a powerful insight that I share with you. 

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It’s been a busy time for me as of late in the studio, working on finishing paintings, making minimotions and reclaiming spirit. 

‘from the sea’ 🌊 a new minimotion with soundscape ‘getting into it’ which documents the connection with the divine. Tonight’s sesshin is dedicated to the foamies and the sea 🌊💨

‘forest wolf’ WIP 🌲

hälts studio, where the Aloha is unlimited and the walls non existent, here I recollect memories and inspire the imagination to new heights. (painting WIPs ‘SLO’ and ‘forest wolf’)


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Q:What is silence? 

A: A mind that is still. 

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 I will admit my studio sometimes looks chaotic, I try to keep it neat and tidy, that lasts about a minute, once creative impulse kicks in there’s no such thing as neat and tidy. I have been working on this painting below for several months, I started it in a friends store, I worked near a window that in most days bathed me in sun light and was the best light I have ever worked with, expect sometimes it got a little too hot, which can make it difficult to work with acrylics, it gets sticky and can be tricky to move in the surface. While I painted friends would come hang out, and talk about life, school, and all sorts of interesting. I found the experience to be fun and also challenging, my comfort zone is a studio, being in public was a completely different experience to the cave art, cave art because I work in a basement, which is also my home, that has great light and I can see my garden through my studio window and the neighbourhood resident rabbit, Pedro. So eventually I did bring this painting back into the studio and have been working on it ever since, layer by layer, building, sculpting, weaving, and trying to see it through. I’ve been reading some Joseph Campbell recently, author of ‘Masks of the Gods’ and ‘Myths to Live By’ and I came by this passage which I think captures a little bit of what my painting called ‘SLO’ is about, of course I leave it open to your interpretation, and would not suggest that this is exactly my sentiments, however I also find it does resonate with me quite a bit. 

One has to appear in some mask or other if one is to function socially at all; and even those who choose to reject such masks can only put on others, representing rejection, “Hell no!” or something of the sort. Many of the masks are playful, opportunistic, superficial; others, however, go deep, very deep, much deeper than we know…It is silly therefore to say, for example, “Let’s take off our masks and be natural!” And yet- there are masks and masks. There are masks of youth, the masks of age, the masks of various social roles, and the masks also that we project upon others spontaneously, which obscure them, and to which we then react. 

Anyway I think it somewhat describes this painting, when I can think of something smart to say I will, I just have somewhat always felt this way about roles, and playig the parts in this theatre that is life.  


a new minimotion called ‘the badlands’ with soundscape  ‘sometimes’ featuring footage from a recent work trip, I occasionally work in the film industry as a grip, this footage was taken while in the badlands of Alberta, a place where giants once thrived, and now film crews roam. This place is like turning the clock back except for the delapitated grain building, who was also once was a giant. 

​​​​Part 2 ‘good ol days’ with soundscape ‘a moment of silence’

‘inside the studio’ a minimotion documenting the process while working on a very special project, a skeleton helmet airbrush WIP for a Canadian Winter Olympic hopeful with soundscape ‘waiting on clear coat’

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‘dodo dood’ recent ink doodle made while on a sojourn to Edmonton from my white lodge book

a 2nd bird doodle made in Edmonton for my good friend Gord who offered up his couch and roof, always nice to stay with a friend when your on the road.

from an earlier sesshin working on my WIP ‘SLO’

‘Sitting quietly’ an not so old watercolour made around 2014 when I decided to give watercolour a whirl, I like the medium been experimenting with some side projects, which I will share in future posts


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dream peace 

Yew! New hälts minimotion ‘peace dream and an ocean’ 🐚 with soundscape ‘a man alone ain’t got no chance’, featuring hälts zoetrope animaiton ‘Dali!’test strips, hälts painting dots, EspressoKino Italian cinema night at the Roasterie in Ktown, and the ocean🐚 Visual storytelling is hälts passion, and he is stoked to be working on these little gems. He sees many more of these in the future, for now please sit back and enjoy the show. 

‘dream peace and an ocean’ inspired by Hemmingway and the sea 


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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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peace of mind

Goodbye 2016, it was memorable year, filled with joy and sorrow, and everything in between, many lessons, many rides, many coffees, and many marks were made. I was thinking of filling this post with art I have made in the last year, and than I decided to make this video, perhaps I will do a future post, a year in review, for now I leave you with this minimotion which features hälts skating on a frozen lake juxtaposed with a lake in BC during the cusp of summer and fall, closing it out with a squirrel encounter on a camping trip. Just easy watching, easy listening, with soundtrack ‘beat the devil out of it’, thank you for checking out Mahaloness, there is going to be some changes happening in the new year, the new cycle. Until the next May peace and harmony find us all. 


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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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the sky above 

Not so long ago I was having a hard time in life and I found some myself spiralling helplessly into the ground…. so I thought. So, I decided to do something about it. My plan was head to BC to find some peace, spend time with Nature and asluck  would have it I would make a path for my parents who had been gifted a tonne of bricks and paver stones by a friendly neighbour who didn’t have any use for them. So I set off on my journey, I had no previous path making experience, thankfully YouTube had some good tips, but like everything in life the best way to learn is to just do it, so I did. I had a lot of help along the way, including a Viking friend who reminded me to laugh and taught me the art of the canoe,  free therapy one might say. At any rate life is good at the moment, and it’ll be ok.

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🌩the sky above hälts🌩 new hälts minimotion picture show with soundscape ‘turning blue’ (part of a dries of mini motions featuring hälts making an elder path, see my last few blogs for those minimotions with soundscapes courtesy the artist)


Golden eye 🌩🌩🌩hälts hybrid art c.2016

‘the new mona lisa’ hälts hybrid art c.2016 💎✨⚡️an unexpected surprise foto shoot with a Viking turns magical

the elder path nearing completion

‘listen to the sky’ 🌩🌩🌩hälts hybrid art c.2016

⚔a road between two worlds✨⚡️hälts hybrid art 💜 c.2016