Kathleen B. Hudson lives and paints in Lexington, KY, where she has a studio at Artists' Attic. Hudson is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and an Artist 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, which was featured on the July 2017 cover of PleinAir Magazine. The same month Southwest Art named her an "Artist to Watch."
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, Hudson came to love the beautiful New England landscape as she painted, studied mountain travel narratives, and led backpacking trips for fellow students. After graduating, she was selected to join Boston’s Copley Society of Art, the oldest non-profit art association in America.
In 2013, Hudson returned to her hometown of Lexington and began to take part in regional plein air painting festivals. She now undertakes several national juried competitions each year, and when she's not outside painting from life, you can find her in the studio creating larger scale landscapes that emphasize the dynamic interplay of light, shadow, and atmospherics.
Selected Honors and Awards
Grand Prize, 6th Annual PleinAir Salon (2017)
Grand Prize (Elta Joyce Murphey Award), Plein Air Texas (2018)
Artists’ Choice, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (2018)
Faculty Member, PleinAir Convention & Expo (2018)
Faculty Member, Plein Air South (2018)
3rd Place, Lighthouse Plein Air Festival (2018)
3rd Place, Plein Air Rockies (2016)
Best of Show, Augusta Plein Air Festival (2014)
2nd Place, Wet Paint Competition at the OPA National Exhibition (2017)
Wilderness Conservation Award, Cape Ann Plein Air Festival (2017)
Best Waterscape, Solomons Plein Air Festival (2017)
PleinAir Magazine, June/July 2017. Cover: Bright Morning, Timberline Falls
PleinAir Magazine, June/July 2018. Feature Article: "Presence of Place," by John Parks.
Southwest Art. Feature Article, July 2017: "Otherworldly beauty."
Keeneland Magazine, June 2018. Cover: Early Morning in the Bluegrass
Lexington Herald-Leader. "Lexington painter creates award-winning work the hard way." (July 28, 2017)
Ambassador, Michael Harding Oil Paints
American Society of Marine Artists, Signature Member
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member
Copley Society of Art, Artist Member
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society