Mahaloness

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


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SLO winter 

So ​I was away for a brief time, apologies for the the disappearance. It happens when you’re a painter, which tends to be a very solitary discipline that requires long periods of time concentrating on one thing, or in my case about 5 or 6 things. So it’s not big surprise that Mahaloness has been a little neglected. I also encountered the disappearance of my domain, which is somewhat foreshadowing of what’s to come for this here blog. I am currently the process of developing a new website, which will act as a store, a gallery, and blog. An all in one, a dynamic website that will be replacing Mahaloness. I will say Mahaloness has served my artistic journey well, however I am ready to for the next chapter. Before that happens I will be posting here when I can and providing updates with respect to the new online shop and site for those interested. I do want to thank all who have cruised my blog, and hopefully you have gotten some things from my posts and my art. 

Now time for the Winer Blues…

It is has been a long cold winter here in the Northern hemisphere, with very little reprieve, endless, non stop, won’t stop. This has been a mixed blessing, on one hand it has been a very productive time in the studio, and on the other hand cold and miserable weather is taxing on the constitution and makes for some less than cheery moments to say the least. Thankfully painting and art process is a reliable antidote to the dreaded cabin fever, and somewhat reasonable response to the winter blues. So praise the paint gods for that! Although to be honest I am over it, and I think a lot of people would agree with m here. 

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Me chilling with my painting WIP SLO 


For most of the winter, I have been working on my series ‘SLO’. I am a slow painter, not to say I haven’t made fast paintings, I just prefer to take my time, and letting the paintings dictate the pace, slow and steady, sans deadlines. These are not commission paintings and I have been working on some of them for months, and even years.  I find a lot of art tends to go with trends, this is fine if that’s what you want to do, I just don’t think they have lasting power…. trends they come and they go. I am more interested in making paintings that take their time revealing themselves to you. They are not statements, they are not a protest, and they are far from pop art. They are contrary to life’s pace, I have found no alternatives that would adequately suffice to speed the process up sans the use of performance enhancing substances, which is not an option, nor would I ever recommend it, and I do speak from experience. I think these days everyone wants to enhance their brain, and energy levels, and they will go to any lengths to make that happen. In fact studies are starting to show that this may not be that effective, more than likely the long term effects are not good. In fact substance abuse has been a part of arts history and how many great artists have we lost because of it, too many to mention. 

A painting has its own rhythm. 

Detail from ‘Pink Dragon’ also part of the SLO series (acrylic on recycled cardboard)


 The translation from idea to painting takes time and has its own rhythm. Once I am in paint mode I tend to work with my intuition, thanks to a lot of hard work developing my painting skills. Some days are easier than others, when physical, mental and spirit are balanced, the work flow is effortless. Other days it seems that Gravity is heavier, paint brushes are heavier, things spill and spirits get worked. This does not stop my process and I have disciplined myself to work through it, however there have been times when it’s not so good on the constitution. In my weaker moments artist rage can erupt. When this happens I do not try to stop it. Instead I try to redirect this energy back into process and in most cases it can be effective. Occasionally it just doesn’t work and I will bounce onto something else, or even better go for a walk. 

Life experience has shown me how negative energy can be a detriment to quality of life and process. This is somewhat paradoxal to the idea that artists require suffering to make great art. I think suffering is a given in life, there is always some form of suffering from the little stuff to the big stuff. This goes for everyone and that’s all I will say about that for the moment. However artists such as myself have our days, and things can get a little overwhelming when it is just one person getting things done. Lately I have been getting some help with my marketing and business side of things, something of which I have either ignored or never delegated the proper time for. This has been a weakness, and a good friend of mine worked on me for months, to get me to sit down and talk about my strategy. It was a struggle. I have come to realize that it’s as important as is the process of making art itself, and this what led me to rethink Mahaloness and how I do things. 

 Lastly, always listen to your gut! The gut don’t lie. 

and now a minimotion special feature 

‘deep see’ 🎥 new hälts minimotion with soundscape ‘gone painting’ featuring a few recent sesshins on my WIP ‘SLO’ and a window into my artistic practice. 

Below is one of my little notebooks ‘notes from the underground’ which refer to the fact my studio is in a basement, this is where I put down ideas and work out chess moves, with regards to my WIP paintings. Generally speaking this signifies that I am in the last phases of production, and by writing things down I clear my head in order to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed, which works most times….


SLO WIP in hybrid art format, mixed media

Sometimes I go horizontal with SLO

Below is SLO with an image superimposed behind which is me working on my first indie mural ‘Hillhurst Hardware’ although years apart I think every mark I make informs my work to come, it adds to the layers, and nothing will ever replace content like that of life experience. 

I still use the palette knife that was originally my grand fathers, it has a great feel and keeps me connected to my past.


The eagle, the scarab, the horse, animals and bugs are a part of my art experience. 


Once and a while I like to do something diferrent.

There is something special that happens when I body paint someone, especially if it someone I know, I see them in such a new and unique light, I think that’s pretty cool, I look forward to continuing this aspect of my art.


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when I’m there 

I walk this earth alone, yet I am not alone, there is 7.4 billion and rising humans here with me. I have often felt a connection to the wolf, in fact there was a time I visited an old shaman who pointed out that my spirit animal is a wolf, a lone wolf. When he told me this my whole life flashed before my eyes, and everything made sense to me. I am hälts, a painter who spends most of his time alone, making paintings that recollect things that I have experienced in my travels, mostly alone. Even when I was with someone I felt alone. This has been my curse and blessing, because on one hand I am human and as a human affection to another is something desirable, on the other hand the world is so complex that the notion that one will fall in love with one person and will live happily ever after seems but a dream. For now I will continue making marks, building character, and painting. I am hälts, I am nobody, unknown, alone, right next to you.

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I’ve been working on multiple paintings lately, I am very much a slow painter, and this series collectively is called ‘SLO’. 

‘SLO’ this work started out as a live painting which a I am now finishing up in the studio

‘forest wolf’ WIP stars out as a live painting I have continued to work on this darling in the studio.


and now a new special minimotion 

‘when I’m there’ 📽new minimotion in studio sesshin special edition with soundscape ‘I think of you’ featuring some recent art explorations in SLO mo, some cloud timelapse, paper shadow art, and a bus ride ride, from Bowness to the Pacific Ocean, these are the places I revisit when I am sitting and painting in my studio. 


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reef and friends 

Wow, it was a busy summer! This post is a bit of a recap and sharing some fun projects I have been working on. It is has been so busy in fact that I have had barely anytime to sit down, let alone write and post here on Mahaloness. With this in mind I am amped to get back to some writing, sharing stories and keep you up to speed on my latest art explorations and life experience. The set of images and minimotion I have chosen reflect a summer of liver art, camping and watercolour, flying on water (windsurfing), and a commission I have been working diligently on and am very stoked to share that with you in coming posts. There has been a lot going on in my life, and this seems to be the case with a lot of people I talk to. It is an important time for humanity to step up and start to work together and help each other out. It is a time to prepare for winter and plan some new projects and finish a bunch of paintings I’ve been working away at, and who knows maybe even plan a show sometime soon, be used art is best shared. So for now enjoy and I look forward to catching up and with a bit of luck a moment of peace. 

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Relatively new minimotion called ‘reef’ with soundscape ‘flying high’ featuring a windsurf sesh I had in late summer, shot by Gord and celebrating the van life, vw bus, toaster, and the wind! 

There is a word in Sanskrit ‘srishtih’ which is a concept of creation and translates as “what is poured forth” and according to Joseph Campbell, ” anyone understanding this becomes, truly, himself a creator in this creation.” (Joseph Campbell. Myths To Live By. 1972)

My studio and humble abode featuring my painting WIP ‘SLO’

My good friend Gords VW bus which has carried us to some pretty amazing places, here we set up and camp fro the night in Yahk, BC, and I had chance to bust out some watercolor and get a nice little sesh in, road trip art.

pop up studio at my parents place in Windermere, when I travel I always bring my work, in one form or another, here is a live art painting WIP called ‘forest wolf’ which I have been working on at multiple public settings including Black Star studio in Invermere BC, wonderful people, artists, and my work is available at their studio, so if your in that neck of the woods go check that out💚

Here I am having a moment to enjoy the painting with this little buddhy at the Marda gras street festival doing my thing, live art is rewarding and fun, if your an artist and wanting get ‘out there’ with your work I highly recommend you do this once and while, it gives people a lot of joy and opens a window for complete strangers to have a conversation thus connecting people, and seems to be one way to restore humanity.

This is a skeleton helmet, the sport that is, the one where athletes slide face first down bobsled tracks, it is quite something to behold, here is a helmet I have been working on, giving it some spirit for a Olympic hopeful, it has been a super challenging project, pushing my limits and skills to the max, this was the early stages of sanding and idea generation, I am pretty amped to share the stages with you in future posts👊

Lastly it was a very fiery smokey summer for most of BC, it is amazing how fast things can change, and the implications will revel themselves for decades to come, the ever changing landscape of our planet, something that continues to light up my curiosity and is something I will share my thoughts on in future posts.

Thank you, Mahalo and Aloha