Kathleen B. Hudson emphasizes dynamic light and atmospherics in her work. She is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and a member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, MA. In 2017, Hudson received the Grand Prize in the 6th Annual PleinAir Salon for her painting Bright Morning, Timberline Falls. Her work has been featured in PleinAir Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Southwest Art.
Hudson moved from her native Kentucky to Boston in the fall of 2005 to begin an undergraduate degree at Harvard University. During her years in Boston, she came to love the beautiful New England landscape while she painted, studied mountain travel narratives, and led backpacking trips for fellow students in the White Mountains. Hudson now undertakes several national juried plein air competitions each year. When she's not outside painting from life, you can find her in the studio creating paintings that highlight the dynamic interplay of light, shadow, and atmospherics.
The landscape has always been my chief source of artistic inspiration. I love to capture views of rugged terrain, shimmering waves, and dramatic atmospherics.
According to my family, I began painting as soon as I was old enough to hold a brush. I enjoyed an unconventional upbringing and travelled far and wide, exploring new places and—notably—dozens of art museums. I remember being filled with awe upon viewing sites like Yosemite, the Wye Valley in Wales, and Niagara Falls.
As an artist, I try to evoke that same childhood sense of wonder through my landscapes. They represent very specific places and moments in time: the brief point during a sunrise where sun illuminates the air with an ethereal golden glow; a break in a storm where light pierces though heavy clouds; glacial ice sending waterfalls down the side of a mountain wreathed in fog.
Scenes like this are real, but because they depict rare glimpses of particular beauty in the world around us, my paintings tread a fine line between the “real” and the otherworldly. A mountain may become more than a great mound of rock when we see sunlight break through dense clouds to highlight its slopes’ jagged contours. At points like this, the landscape around us forms a visual drama that awakens something within us. It fills us with awe and even longing.