Mahaloness

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


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When in Mexcio 

These are scenes of Mexico, moments in time that are fleeting yet make it so special. What that is exactly it is hard to put into a blog. It’s so many things, so many varieties, so many different people, cultures, languages, and vehicles. Unfortunately it does not capture the smells of Mexico, it does offer a glimpse into life there, what I experienced, and how that has made an impression on me. I met so many wonderful people, so many beautiful people, so many beautiful places, the sky, the ocean, the everything. This was no vacation, this was an experience, tasting the culture, putting myself out there and being open to new possibilities. I live a very solitary life as a painter and just in general. Coming here I was catapulted out of my studio, out of my comfort zone, and into a milieu of new people, and places never before seen and yet a strange familiarity once there. I never felt out of place, it welcomed me with open arms and let me into it’s magic. In response to my experience I shared my gift, which is my art, and did a few projects that were life changing and beautiful. Each day I woke up and wondered to myself, ‘what’s going to happen today?’. I was never disappointed.

Whatever you do, don’t take this life for granted. 

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Here are some images with captions, I am grateful for the experience I will share some of my insights in posts to come. For now please enjoy these memories shared. Thank you, Gracias, Merci, Mahalo and Aloha ❤️❤️❤️

collectivo a la Mexico a cost effective way to get around whilst being immersed with the people

place and people in flux

conversation, here people talk to one another on the streets, there is a real sense of community

street life, the man with the balloons, look into his eyes what do you see?

men and the sea (well ocean) people of the ocean, of the water, one cannot be without the other

up in the sky do buzzards glide omnipresent, keen observers of down below

the ocean’s caress

Waves can travel great distance before they reach these shores

the sun is big in this part of the earth

​The last image here is of the storyteller, friend, coach, waterman, life guard, father, surfer, SUP brah, Shaka brah, and the generous one, to name a few. The man is John Silver who I had the great fortune to meet and who sadly recently passed away. It is to honour him so he is remembered for who he was, and not for his life ending. It is with a heavy heart I post this because I just was beginning to get know him and he had a major impact on me in the short time we spent together. I am sending his family my love and perhaps it can be said that through sorrow we come together as one, rest in peace John, thank you for this blissful moment. 


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winter solstice 

Happy Winter Solstice, here is to the Sun and longer days, looking forward to the sun baths in the studio as I journey onwards with my current body of work. It was an interesting year, as it winds down I reflect on a great year of art and travel, time spent with family, and new friends made. Gone is the old as I empty the backpack and lighten the load, and prepare myself for what the new year has in store. This year I learned to not fight destiny and to persevere in grace, and to ride the waves and be ready for a few sets on the head, yew! 

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Winter Soltice WIP featuring my ‘raven’ watercolour in the studio 

hälts hybrid art ‘ravtangular’ featuring my watercolour WIP seen above💚💛❤️

‘winter solstice’ ❄️ new minimotion to ease you into the holiday season with soundscape ‘ice crystals’ featuring a shit gathers whilst walking and remember each day from this point forward we gain za light in this here northern hemisphere, that’s all right with this artist. 

and a link to a art event called ‘Raw’ which I will be taking part in, in the new year, purchase a ticket to the event and support your local art, if you live in the Calgary area this event is for you, I will be live painting, and will have new and some oldies but goldies with me, paintings and prints follow the link to learn more!  Raw event link, buy a ticket early and get a discount! Raw art link, click here 💚💛❤️


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there is a place I like to go

  I could settle for trends, or copy other styles….I have thus far chosen not to go down that path, for better or worse, it is something I have managed to bypass. This can make it difficult when it comes to my work being accepted in the now, it takes time to develop a style, it takes patience and perseverance to overcome doubt and the fear. It is imperative to not give in to these factors, and have faith that somehow it will work out. It is also a good idea to get out of the studio from time to time and recharge the soul, the mind, and the heart space. 

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‘towards silence’ 👂 a new minimotion with soundscape ‘cat dreams’ from busy city to a mountain peace, I find myself on a road less travelled, where clouds drift gracefully, putting mind at ease, I hope you like it, and well ✌️ 

‘therianthropic’ WIP painting seen here in hybrid art format

‘therianthropica’ WIP in the studio, where walls melt away and recollections stream in

There is something to be said for slowing things down and letting things happen, everything happening just as it is supposed to without interfering the natural cycle, and allowing the artist within to be 

still frame from minimotion me going at it in the studio


These are some panoramas of a place I go to in B.C. to disconnect from city life and remind myself that there is a whole other world going on, this place, this planet, provides us with so much and yet there are some who want to continue to do harm in the name of economy, and growth, with little to no plan for the consequences which you and I will pay for. So I am grateful for these moments, when it’s just me and the eagles, the clouds, the water, sky, and the trees, and all of the sounds, the wind as it dances though the trees, the sounds of ravens free falling, oh what a gift, so I come here and pay my respects, because there’s no guarantees it will last. 

‘spirit of the lake’ hälts hybrid art, combining my painting and nature fotos

‘forest fire’ a watercolour WIP on the go


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Aloha ku’u lei  (hälts💚) 

Sometimes we confuse the moon with the finger pointing at it – Eastern wisdom 

Life is a journey. There are some thinkers who believe they can break it down into a simple model, we travel from point a to b, in an effort to continue moving forward from what can be perceived as an unbearable present and a desirable future. This is rather simplistic notion, as there is also the possibility of a spiritual path, one who walks the middle path, aware that there is a mind and whose chatter can lead us to do things seemingly unconsciously, making choices for us all the while missing the magic of the moment. This isn’t some hippie jippie, yes I made that word up, this is the truth that life is beyond the package, magic exists, omnipresent, whether we choose to see it or not. The thing is, it cannot be explained in words, period. Yes there is power of thought, it is an integral part of being human, so is the magic, and has been part of us tens of thousands of years that we know about, probably more, what’s a number, it’s ancient, we can try to think our way out of things, isn’t it funny when things do work out, we are elated and forget that we were in an unbearable moment thinking the worst, this is unexplainable, neuropsychology, neuroscience, …, all try to explain through experiments, statistics, pictures and graphs, that persuade us the viewer to believe whatever they want us to believe, yes that’s it….wait, why? Life is hard! Yes it is if you follow the conditioned thought patterns, when you open up to other possibilities, the universe opens up, doesn’t mean it does it for you, you have have to put in the work, so it goes. Have a great day🌞

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here is a nice group of images and a special minimotion honouring my friends who put on a movie night at my local coffee shop, followed by my art, see captions for details💚

🍍The healer print for sale on Mahaloness Etsy, click here💚

‘into the night’ minimotion by hälts soundscape ‘howl wolf’

the healer 🌿 hälts acrylic painting, follow the link above, order your very own print on my Mahaloness Etsy shop💚 or leave me a message! Automatic💚

‘pride’ acrylic and gold leaf painting made at a live art event in 2007

hälts hybrid art and planning stage for a new painting, always something on the drawing board, life of an artist…

‘the Shalu kid’ hälts watercolour WIP collab with my friend Pazu from Tibet💠

Tofino, BC pure magic

‘morning haiku’ hälts watercolour commission work 💚


hälts ‘portrait fit he artist’


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Aloha ku’u lei  (hälts bday special💚) 

Sometimes we confuse the moon with the finger pointing at it – Eastern wisdom 

Life is a journey. There are some thinkers who believe they can break it down into a simple model, we travel from point a to b, in an effort to continue moving forward from what can be perceived as an unbearable present and a desirable future. This is rather simplistic notion, as there is also the possibility of a spiritual path, one who walks the middle path, aware that there is a mind and whose chatter can lead us to do things seemingly unconsciously, making choices for us all the while missing the magic of the moment. This isn’t some hippie jippie, yes I made that word up, this is the truth that life is beyond the package, magic exists, omnipresent, whether we choose to see it or not. The thing is, it cannot be explained in words, period. Yes there is power of thought, it is an integral part of being human, so is the magic, and has been part of us tens of thousands of years that we know about, probably more, what’s a number, it’s ancient, we can try to think our way out of things, isn’t it funny when things do work out, we are elated and forget that we were in an unbearable moment thinking the worst, this is unexplainable, neuropsychology, neuroscience, …, all try to explain through experiments, statistics, pictures and graphs, that persuade us the viewer to believe whatever they want us to believe, yes that’s it….wait, why? Life is hard! Yes it is if you follow the conditioned thought patterns, when you open up to other possibilities, the universe opens up, doesn’t mean it does it for you, you have have to put in the work, so it goes. Have a great day🌞
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here is a nice group of images and a special minimotion honouring my friends who put on a movie night at my local coffee shop, followed by my art, see captions for details💚

🍍The healer print for sale on Mahaloness Etsy, click here💚

‘into the night’ minimotion by hälts soundscape ‘howl wolf’

the healer 🌿 hälts acrylic painting, follow the link above, order your very own print on my Mahaloness Etsy shop💚 or leave me a message! Automatic💚

‘pride’ acrylic and gold leaf painting made at a live art event in 2007

hälts hybrid art and planning stage for a new painting, always something on the drawing board, life of an artist…

‘the Shalu kid’ hälts watercolour WIP collab with my friend Pazu from Tibet💠

Tofino, BC pure magic

‘morning haiku’ hälts watercolour commission work 💚


hälts ‘portrait fit he artist’


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self discovery 

I have lived mostly a revolutionary life. There is a glamour to that on surface level that makes me seem interesting to some, and to have lived a ‘fast’ life. For me though it is as if I am standing on a beach, with the sea gently caressing its shoulder and in the distance there is a sailing yacht with the name, ‘wife, white picket fence, kids, and a home’ sailing away into a stunning sunset. This has been my choice, and with that comes a price, for the unknown is daunting and challenges even the deepest primordial instincts, not to mention societal pressure to conform. This is the reality of every person who walks the less travelled path, who willingly goes there to explore themselves in an effort perhaps to learn about oneself, and to experience on their own terms, life’s lessons, and with that the choice to adjust their settings accordingly. This is a life long practice, and takes patience, stamina, perseverance, determination, amongst so many things…. and one has to be motivated to do this on their own volition. The way to get to point a to b is not exactly ideal, there is multitude of things that can and will come up that will challenge ones constitution and disposition. Finding a way to reach a desired outcome that both respects my self interest as well as the other is imperative to a positive experience, having learned both ways I can see the utility in this. This is where I will be focusing on for while, following a period of perhaps self induced pain and suffering as a reaction to certain desires not being met, at least the way I wanted them to, this is in all probability the hardest thing to acknowledge, and there exists a myriad of ways to avoid this aspect of reality, and that’s coming from experience. Self awareness is a life skill that enables us, the ‘seeker’, to navigate unchartered waters, metaphorically speaking, and extends to our place in our community, including family and friends. This is what’s been in my mind of late in this period of solitude I find myself in. I think it’s more than likely I will continue to write about this in posts to come. This also might seem a little raw, it is, as I work out exactly what it is a I want to say. Until next here is some more of my art from recent and past. Enjoy and be well!

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One of my desires as an artist is to go to the other side and bring back knowledge in order to help serve humankind. 

playing with paper cut outs as I start a new watercolour, always honing my skills, pushing myself to go that extra distance🕯 underneath is a vision quest rock art I was fortunate enough to visit a couple years ago, spine tingling kind of stuff, always good to pay respects to where art has come from.

🌝 a new hälts minimotion, ‘eclipse of the illusion part 2’ with soundscape ‘early spring’ 🌿 featuring a new animation ‘jaguar eye’, a praying mantis that came to visit hälts during a paint sesh, and a few clips from @espressokino movie night, the Japanese have a way of getting under your skin and deep into the psyche, and a couple watercolur WIP seshs, enjoy and let the illusion go…what would life be if we could actually be free, who knows, so it goes. 

hälts watercolour WIP ‘Phoenix rising’ and ‘the healer’ in the background.


and lastly a link to ‘the healer’ painting which is now available as a super Ltd. Ed. sigend and numbered print on my Etsy store, here’s the link Mahaloness Etsy shop link, click here
Thank you! Mahaloness! 


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Artful living

Artful. Living. Meditate. Love. Practice. Feel good. Mantras. Good sustenance. Stewardship. Carry the torch. Guide. Mentor. Eleven. Trip. Magic. Sitting quietly. Gathering. Pay tribute to the spirits. Love Mother Earth. Treat her well. Reduce. Take time to see. Ride the wave. Let thoughts go with river flow, let go, let go, let go. Understand connected. No action goes unnoticed. Remember waste, makes haste. Hateless. Learn. Prevail. Love. Gratitude. Give offerings. Smoke one. Give homage to the iron crystal, the core of the Earth. Friendship. Humanity. Offer help where you can. Be kind. Rebirth oneself new. Be wild. Be free. Go forth. Set sails. Forgive. Learn. Wisdom. Listen. Share. Renew. Create. Prepare to fly. Transcend. Get through. Be loved. Radiant light. Be open to change. For what the future holds may not be true until it has arrived. Each one of us is potentially infinite in possibility, with a brain that is yours to own, and yours to feed. The ahara, the food or things we put into ourselves, shapes what we see, how we see things and frequency. Putting these words into action is the test, one which I am becoming increasingly mindful of as I let go of the past. Mahalonessfoto
-Expansion and connectivity, art and life moments courtesy Mahaloness, you are welcome.

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