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



Conditions being favorable along with a relentless appetite for creative process and exploratory gusto, do I return with yet another installment, number 314 of the Mahaloness blog. Grammatically I can be scary, and yes one might say at times I am even ‘moody’ (theres probably more than one)…well without losing my precious readers due to my absurd skills, and without further adieu, here is Obama five. Within this abtract portrait of the US of A’s 44th President is the profile of the very man himself, Barack Obama. Why paint Obama? Well its simple really. I started the Obama series titled, ‘Are you a Believer?’ just prior to Obama being elected president in what would be his first term. At the time I was in New York and the Obama pusle was strong. Words like ‘hope’ ‘dream’ and ‘change’ were becoming fashionable, even if the general consesus seemed to be that the States were into some tough years ahead following the likes of Bush and Dick Cheney, dirty rotten scoundrels to the core, not that it matters now. I made the painitng as a paintamentary, meaning that I would listen to pubilc discousre on the subject of Obama, or late night radio, Charlie Rose, google, etc….whatever came up I paid attention and subsequnetly document the story through a painterly channel. Over time I painted three more Obamas, each time new elements to the picture unfolded as the story was being written. ‘Are you a Believer?’ link.
Last night I finished Obama five. It includes Obama with eye closed in a thought, or perhaps this one is a dream, for there is more to this image than meets the eye. The image is filled with smaller images, each one a clue and vital link to the overal story. Now I am certainly no politician, and nor do I want to be. I realize there is plenty of veiwpoints that attempt to define Barack Obama, who he is and what he is doing as president of the mighty US of A. Are any of them right? I dont know. What I know is that if I can put somehting out there into the workd that might shine some new light on the subject, without forcing it down peoples throats, or even necessarily chooisng sides, instead I offer a picture, or a window to contemplate what you would do if you were the president. Really! What would you do? We live in an interesting times my friends, its good to be here and while I am I will continue to document the experence and share it with you. I might be tempermental, I am a bit like the weather after all. To all creative genuises out there, keep it up. To all you teachers out there, keep it up. To all you humanitarians out there, keep it up. To all you who think you do make a difference, keep it up. Mahaloness
Mahalonessfoto -snaps of recent painitng and Obama five ‘Are you a Believer?’









Author: hälts

Hi my name is hälts, I am a Canadian artist, geographer, film worker and mostly a human being. I did not grow up thinking I wanted to be an artist, things just kind of fell into place. Art is a special gift humans have developed since inception. Mother Earth is the greatest artist, and who keeps me humble on my path. I mostly paint, and use acrylic with an assortment of brushes and touches, and sometimes watercolour. I am also well rounded with airbrush skills, spray paint, digital art and production, filmmaking, photography and drawing. I make fine art work, small paintings, big paintings, murals, wearable art, functioning art, and art for healing. I go wherever calls. I inspire while also being inspired by this planet, and my fellow beings. Life is a gift, and that's how I treat it. If that's not enough for you, then perhaps someone else can fill your expectation. I have no one to impress, I don't do this to be cool, and I care about this planet as much as Greta Thunberg, thank you very much, and all the life it sustains. I am not pro this person or that person, politically agnostic, I am spiritual, I am happy, I am sad, I am love, I am fear, I am joy, I am sorrow, I am all that humans are. I don't care about celebrities endorsements, and reminder there are many folk out there doing their part for Mother Earth, in their own way long before the current movement, upheaval does not create forever change, it goes in cycles, it always has and it always will, just sit in front the ocean and see it for yourselves. Most of all I just am. Thank you kindly, hälts

2 thoughts on “Obamafive

  1. superb !! Even though I’m in Australia the feeling of joy is here too. Great post and beautiful artwork, as always. The message of hope is alive and kicking. And thanks for sharing the link to Saatchi Online, spreading the word.

    • Thank you, this is the fifth version of this painting, it is amazing to me that my art now has reached people all over the globe, it is something that I appreciate and will continue to share as best I can, that was the original purpose of this blog and in being with mahaloness I am thankful for your kind words. ps I lived in Australia for one year of my short existence on Earth, it was an amazing experience and one I will always cherish.

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