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marysheep.jpg Rigs, furrows and sheep

Mary Ann Rogers is one of the UK’s foremost wildlife artists but she’s also a dab hand at capturing the peculiar beauty of the north-east landscape.

Ridge and furrow is an archaeological pattern of ridges and troughs created by a system of ploughing during the Middle Ages (in the north-east and Scotland it was known as rig and furrow). This ancient system is evident throughout Northumberland, particularly on the hills and fields of Redesdale, where they show up clearly in the low evening light of autumn and winter. And right there will her easel recently was Mary Ann Rogers to capture these views. Her new works are full of stormy skies, or show the sun just breaking through the clouds, and are imbued with a real sense of drama. And, given that the fields were full of pregnant sheep at the time, don’t be surprised to see one or two of them barging their way into the action. After all, if you’re a sheep, and you want your picture painted, then who better to capture your best side than this award-winning wildlife artist?

Rig & Furrow, Monday 24-Sunday 30 June, Mary Ann Rogers Gallery, West Woodburn, Hexham, 11am-5pm. marogers.com