About Billie Rae Busby
I am an abstract landscape painter living in Canada. My initial sources of inspiration are photos through my travels, but I deconstruct the image by instinctively selecting colours and lines to form a specific rhythm and light for each painting.
Why landscape paintings?
I am attracted to the sharp, significant lines in both rural and urban scapes. My quest is to find a balance between nature and the visual complexity of the modern city.
I paint hard, crisp edges by masking off areas and adding smooth layers with a palette knife through control and precision. The diagonal lines intersect and overlap to create perspective and break open the flatness of the landscape into geometric planes of strong colour interactions.
What do you aim to achieve with your art?
Through each painting, I feel more connected to who I am and my surroundings. These paintings are abstract landscapes. The process involves the opposition of strong, decisive marks to form a vaguely familiar location. I experience great anticipation to see and interpret ordinary places in a fresh, new context.
Billie Rae Busby’s philosophy
My artistic philosophy is built in process and creating opportunity through artist resolve, instincts, technique and colour theory.
What would you like to tell the readers?
Hard-edge is my favourite painting technique and I adore investigating how to use shape and line to showcase mood, memory, light, energy, rhythm and possibility.
Billie Rae Busby ★ Artist resume
For the last 13 years, my abstract paintings have been exhibited in various galleries and exhibitions in Western Canada. My works have been acquired for several private and public commissions including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. In 2014, I was awarded a prestigious commission for Canada House in London, England.
Thank you very much, Billie Rae.