“A Day in the Life” with Contemporary Painter Brett Heidi

Brett Heidi is a contemporary painter of Alberta wildlife & Ranch life.

Coming from a family immersed in art, she had early exposure to painting, sketching, and learning about light, while often participating in contests.

Brett’s respect for animals and appreciation for nature’s unchanging beauty comes from her surroundings that Alberta is abundant in. The incredible view of the Rocky Mountains that are preceded by farm fields and rolling foothills, the charm of their neighbouring city Calgary with the unique skyline backdropped by the Rockies and hosts the winding Bow River, and just an hour west is a mountainous oasis, Banff National Park where she finds inspiration for her forest animal pieces and mountain scenes.

Her style has been by identified by loose large brushstrokes and the use of undermixed, luminous but harmonious colours.

A typical day would find her working from her home studio, either at the easel, preparing for upcoming shows, out gathering inspiration from a walk with her husky dog in the forest, a drive down a gravel road or a trip to the city for some art supplies with her husband and framer, none of which happens without a bubble tea or Americano Misto.

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Brett and her husband and business partner out hiking in the Rockies with their new puppy Mika
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Brett Heidi in her home studio working on a large equine painting
Brett Heidi’s art displayed and being sold at the Art Market & Craft Sale at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary
Brett Heidi’s artist studio all set up for the 2022 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase
Brett’s dog Mika out running free in the meadow and woods where they live
Delivering materials and artwork to the Calgary Stampede and then preparing the booth
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The cattle that live on the family property and provide daily inspiration
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The neighbour’s horses


Which ’hood are you in?

In the rural, west of Olds, Alberta

What do you do?

Contemporary paintings celebrating Alberta Wildlife & Ranch/Farm life

What are you currently working on?

A cowboy warming up by a fire at dusk, a busy cowgirl in the evening sun, a horse and wildflowers. Also working on a commissioned piece of a client’s group of three husky dogs and I’m starting another of commission of someone’s family member riding her horse across a river which will be a gift.

Where can we find your work?

– My website  – I welcome studio visits

Horse Expo Canada (Red Deer, Alberta) April 28-30, 2023

Calgary Stampede Western Oasis, Artist Studios July 6-16, 2023

Art Market (Calgary, Alberta) Nov 16-19, 2023



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