Calgary Stampede


Artist Ranch Project 2015

Billie Rae Busby

Billie Rae Busby is a contemporary emerging visual artist who creates abstract landscape paintings of the Canadian prairies. She uses a precise hard-edge technique to reinvent her surroundings through mood, light and movement.

Raised and educated in Saskatchewan (University of Saskatchewan B.A. Studio Art ’98) and living in Calgary, Alberta, she is inspired by both the complexity of urban architecture and the vast rural landscape. 

She snaps photos while traveling through the Canadian prairies as her source to create paintings of inventive yet familiar settings. The lines replicate the movement of a vehicle through the sprawl to expose an assortment of effects, time, seasons and common weather conditions. She strives to interpret ordinary places in a fresh, new context.

Her abstract works have been exhibited in various galleries and exhibitions in Western Canada including The New Gallery, Art Gallery of Calgary, Leighton Art Centre, City of Calgary Public Art Open Spaces, the Calgary Stampede Western Showcase (2012) and the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery. Her contemporary artworks have been acquired by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. 

In 2014, she was awarded a prestigious commission with Foreign Affairs Canada to have her designs incorporated in renovations at Canada House in London, England. In addition, she recently received the Painters’ Key Emerging Artist Award by the Federation of Canadian Artists.

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