Jane Digby was born in Grahamstown in 1968 and is inspired by the east coast of South Africa and its people. “I paint from my own photographic references and experiences; in that way I always feel a connection with the subject. My paintings are spontaneous, I let the mood of the painting take me, the paint and brushes take charge. Whilst I do paint a variety of subjects, figurative work is my most rewarding and challenging. I yearn to capture the essence of the African people, expressing through my art their dignity, pride and hardships. All my paintings are about depth of light, texture and colour but most importantly depth of character and emotion.” Jane paints quickly; her subject matter depending on the mood of the moment. “When a painting is going well it takes me off to another place; it is that feeling that keeps me painting.”
Jane worked extensively in 2015 and had a very successful showing at the Hilton Arts Festival as well as a prominent mixed show with the Henry George Gallery in Johannesburg, entitled “After the Winter”; a solo show called “A Palette of Possibilities” with the Longmynd Gallery in Hillcrest, Kwazulu Natal and she partook in the group exhibition “Somewhere in Africa” at the Elizabeth Gordon gallery in Durban. This August saw her back at the Longmynd in the “Celebrating Women” exhibition in August. Her work goes from strength to strength and her following is now universal.