Donna-Fay Digance

My love of drawing, painting, and art has been a life long passion and journey. Working from my own studio on Saturna Island, my images of dancers, landscapes, animals, and multicultural symbols, have exploded into colourful fabric multimedia collages. The work erupts with movement, joy, originality, and harmony with nature.

My multimedia approach uses a variety of fabrics combined with drawing, painting, batik, and textile dyeing. The delicate cutting of material and eye to detail enhance the beauty and richness of textures and patterns. The pieces are texturally enhanced with quilted machine embroidery  and free motion thread painting creating a visual and tactile richness.

My earlier themes stemmed from my previous collection of intaglio prints collectively called “Dreamscapes”, also available in the gallery. These intaglio prints use a variety of etching techniques such as hard ground, soft ground, aquatint, two colour plates, and viscosity printing.

I received my B. Ed. from the University of Alberta. I did a further post-graduate year at Goldsmiths College, School of art, University of London. I also received a Masters of Art Education from the University of British Columbia concentrating on printmaking. Additional art studies were also taken at the Emily Carr School of Art and Design in viscosity etching and paper making.

Juried exhibitions and group shows include several of the UBC graphic shows, the Dundarave Printmakers Workshop, the New Westminster Library, the White Rock Station Gallery, and the B.C. Printmakers Showcase 1984 at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Other group shows include, Greenwich, London, England, North Vancouver Civic Center, Simon Fraser University Gallery, The Robson Square Media Center, and the Place Des Arts in Coquitlam.

As  my new work is in textiles I  exhibit with the Vancouver Island Surface Design Association. I’ve participated in group shows at the Victoria School of Art, The Metchosin Art Gallery and The Nanaimo Art Gallery.   I will be the featured artist in March for Art Saturna.

We enjoyed participating in a group show at the Insight Gallery on Galiano Island in September 2013.

I taught in the Coquitlam School District, before moving to Saturna Island  in 1996.  I now work full time as a professional artist.

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