Rigby’s modus operandi on site was working directly in front of the motif. He was perplexed that he was widely regarded as primarily a landscape artist. Many of his major awards are for portraits and genre paintings, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources.
His work covers portraits, figures, still lifes, cityscapes, land and seascapes, floral motifs and even abstraction. Australian audiences historically expected a certain look. By contrast, Rigby’s ‘style’ has varied and is interwoven with the socio-cultural history of South East Queensland.