This season’s autumn animals

Artists, from left,  Mary Ann Rogers, Jina Gelder and Vanessa Foley with Arts Centre Washington exhibition curator Susannah Aynsley.

Artists, from left, Mary Ann Rogers, Jina Gelder and Vanessa Foley with Arts Centre Washington exhibition curator Susannah Aynsley.

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The chill in the air means autumn is round the corner as Arts Centre Washington pays homage to the season. Katy Wheeler finds out more

In an ode to the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the To Autumn exhibition brings together some of the best artists painting and illustrating wildlife in the region today, including Mary Ann Rogers, Jina Gelder, Alex Clark, Amy Dover, Vanessa Foley and Carl Bass.

Mary Ann Rogers' watercolours.

Mary Ann Rogers' watercolours.

Award-winning artist Mary Ann Rogers’ subject matter is mainly wildlife, farm and exotic animals and birds and also dramatic autumn landscapes.

Close observations are central to all Mary Ann’s work and she spends a lot of her time trudging through wet heather on remote hillsides, sitting in dirty farmyards and kennels and lying on the muddy ground, in order to fully understand her subject matter.

Mary Ann has her own gallery in the Rede Valley, Northumberland, which was featured in a two-part Discovery Channel documentary.

Jina Gelder is a Newcastle-based wildlife artist who works in inks and watercolours.

This badger is the work of artist Jina Gelder.

This badger is the work of artist Jina Gelder.

Focusing primarily on British wildlife, Jina studies many animals and her hares have in the last two years reached the final judging of the BBC British Wildlife Artist of the Year competition.

She credits her loose and lively style to working quite quickly to bring a sense of life and movement to her paintings.

Amy Dover is another Newcastle-based artist, who works predominantly in pencil.

Often challenging human perceptions of the natural world, and playing with the relationship between different souls, her influences come from growing up in a small village, playing in the woods and reading fairy tales.

Great detail in this picture of an owl by artist Vanessa Foley.

Great detail in this picture of an owl by artist Vanessa Foley.

Vanessa Foley works in many mediums (oil, acrylic, graphite and ink), but her subject is always the splendour of the natural world. Her love for wildlife and art are inseparable and through her work she hopes to encourage the same passion in the viewer.

She has exhibited widely in the UK and is showing work both in the UK and in America.

Alex Clarke has developed a deep affinity for the rolling countryside of her home that provides a backdrop to much of her work.

Her studio looks out on a natural haven for all sort of wildlife with weasels, otters and just about every garden bird you can imagine likely to schedule an appearance at any moment.

It is an environment that inspires her and perfectly complements her artwork.

Carl Bass has always had a passion for the natural world.

While studying at college and university, Carl developed an accuracy and sensitivity which are the trademarks of his work today.

Carl specialises in oil paintings of birds, specifically game birds and birds of prey.

* To Autumn runs until September 28 at Arts Centre Washington. For more information Tel. 219 3455 or visit www.artscentrewashington.co.uk. All of the works on display are for sale as well as a selection of limited edition prints.