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This painting is currently for sale through the ASA Gallery:

Emily Calder

Program Coordinator



Moving to Alberta in 2006 I fell in love with the raw visceral beauty of the prairies – in particular the vivid and often dramatic skies. I set about to capture it through 366 daily impressions of the living skies and 12 pieces created in oil on masonite to highlight the uniqueness of a moment that many may consider just part of the quintessential prairie experience.


I began 2020: A Year in Reflection to capture the essence of living in the prairies through over 380 impressions and realistic works highlighting Alberta through the seasons. However, as the year progressed and restrictions blurred day-to-day lives together, it became even more important to capture the ever-changing environment for myself and others. Through this, I wanted to remind us all of the hope and optimism that comes with change. And now when we look back on the difficulties of 2020 we are reminded that the beauty and resilience of the world around us is equally reflected in ourselves.


I could not paint the monthly paintings of the Skyscape Collection without painting our cadillac roads. A summer's road trip but particularly one in our backyard. Canola fields featured on both sides just outside of Islay, Alberta and a dramatic sky on the horizon.

Called Foundation in reference to many aspects from the foundation farmers need for successful crops to the foundations required by the many engineers and workers that go into building our roads. While on the surface it is a joyful summers drive, deeper down it is a representation of how many things in our life are connected and life is incredibly nuanced and beautifully grey.



The monthly painting representing July in the skyscape collection
36" x 61" 

38" x 63" (framed)

Oil on Masonite framed in a floating frame


Exhibition History:

2024 Celebrate Our Backyard 


Limited edition prints of this painting are available. Only available in one size and there are only 88 editions in a run. After that, the print will be retired permanently.

Foundation - July 2020

  • No returns on commissioned artwork.

    ​Will accept returns or exchanges on artwork within 14 days after the painting arrives at your home as long as the customer: packs the art the same way it was shipped, covers all shipping costs including: signature required option and insurance for the value of the painting.

    ​If in the rare circumstance that the artwork is damaged please email me ( photos of the box, of the artwork and we will talk about the options to remedy the situation to your satisfaction.

  • All artwork will be shipped with the utmost care so it arrives at your door the same way it left.

    3-7 days processing to properly prep and package them for their safe arrival at your home.

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