We are delighted and feeling very humbled to welcome Mary Ann Rogers (www.marogers.com) as our new Patron for Chilli Studios! Her specialist knowledge and lovely manner will be a real support to our current endeavours. particularly in exploring possibilities fundraising element to our charity, with the shop Chilli Bizarre. Mary will be joining our other lovely Patron, Derek Eland http://derekeland.com/ Mary is an Artist, gallery owner, nature lover, gardener, walker, wild swimmer and dog owner. Mary Ann lives and paints in her native Northumberland and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most exciting wildlife artists currently working. Mary Ann creates wonderfully original watercolours of all kinds of wildlife, birds, game, wild and tame, domestic and exotic animals and imbues them with a sense of real character and animation.
"The quick and lively work of Mary Ann Rogers is a real treat... her animals are depicted with a spine-tingling and inspiring virtuosity... she achieves a sense of oriental delicacy of touch which defies description." The Scotsman Mary received the great accolade of Best Selling Published Artist in 2009
"To follow in the footsteps of former recipients of the award, Jack Vettriano, Beryl Cook and David Shepherd is one thing, but for Mary Ann Rogers, the only self-publishing artist, to have received this award without the full might of a large fine art publishing house behind her is a remarkable achievement.’ Annabelle Ruston, editor, Art Business Today, author of fine art books. " Previous roles include trustee, Queens Hall Arts, Hexham ; director, Network Artists North East ; Currently involvement with Priory School, Hexham, and engagement with local schools/community groups. Her roles within Network artists included playing a key part in building and establishing the Art tour, an open studio annual event, from 1997-2014. This also involved organising sector specific training for artists, and ‘Tapping into Tourism’ which included encouraging links between artists and accommodation providers & attractions within Northumberland.