The figure and faces in particular are and have always been the most compelling subject matter for me.
As a portrait artist I paint likenesses, but more importantly I capture the uniqueness of one's character
and spirit in works of art that are compelling and well executed.
I am primarily an oil painter but I occasionally work in other mediums as well, including colored pencil
and mixed media. My style is painterly realism in that the hand of the artist is evident through expressive
brushstrokes, mark making and selective rendering.
About our Juror,
Whether Ms. Digney is painting an official portrait, a family portrait or capturing the special age of a child, she works with her clients to create a work that will be cherished and admired for generations to come. Ms. Digney draws upon 25 years experience and a mastery of several mediums to her work as a portrait artist. She is traditionally trained in oil painting and credits her knowledge and skill with other media to her early career as a medical illustrator. It is this multifaceted background that makes her unique as an artist. Her paintings each have their own distinct style due to the medium or combination of mediums she enlists. Her oils are traditional, yet executed in a painterly manner. Her colored pencil pieces are known for their rich color, soft transitions and incredible detail.
A graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art, Ms. Digney studied both medical illustration and portrait painting. Upon graduation, she worked for a leading research hospital in Cleveland for 12 years as a medical illustrator while beginning to accept commissions painting children. In 2000, she left the corporate world to return to her studio and devote herself to painting. Her training as a painter began with a rich artistic heritage that was passed down to her through the generations. Her mentor and teacher Joe Cintron studied with Robert Brackman, who in turn studied with Robert Henri and others. It is this rich legacy combined with the study of other master painters like Zorn, Sorolla, and Sargent that continue to inspire and influence her work today.
In addition to her artwork, Kathleen is sought after for her teaching ability and expertise. She has taught a variety of drawing and painting classes for colleges and art organizations including her alma mater. “I have been very blessed in my career. Not only have I been able to follow my passion for portrait painting,” says Kathleen, “but I have also discovered great satisfaction in imparting knowledge to others. Being an instructor continually challenges me to grow, learn, and be the best artist I can be.”
Now living in Greenville, South Carolina, Kathleen continues to accept portrait commissions and teaching opportunities. She has taught classes at the Greenville County Art Museum's art school as well as Spartanburg Art Museum