About the Artist
Based in
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kathleen B. Hudson emphasizes dynamic light and atmospherics in her landscape paintings, which are featured in museum and private collections around the world. She serves on the board of Plein Air Painters of America and is an elected Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists.

After an upbringing that featured extensive travel and lots of art museum visits, Hudson received her degree from Harvard University, where she studied medieval history and led backpacking trips in the White Mountains. She now lives with her husband and four children in Colorado Springs. 

Hudson’s work has been featured on the cover of PleinAir Magazine, and her awards include Grand Prize in the PleinAir Salon, Best in Show at the Hockaday Museum, Grand Prize at Plein Air Texas, and Artists’ Choice at the Laguna Invitational, the Hockaday Museum, and Forgotten Coast en Plein Air. In 2023, Hudson coordinated Artists for Lahaina, an online art auction featuring 1,000 paintings that raised over half a million dollars for families impacted by wildfires in Maui.









  • Grand Prize, 6th Annual PleinAir Salon (2017)
  • Artists’ Choice, Laguna Plein Air Painters’ Invitational (2020, 2021)
  • Grand Prize (Elta Joyce Murphey Award), Plein Air Texas (2018)
  • Greg LaRock Legacy Award, Laguna Plein Air Painters’ Invitational  (2021)
  • Best in Show, Timeless Legacy Exhibition at the Hockaday Museum (2020)
  • Artists’ Choice, Timeless Legacy Exhibition at the Hockaday Museum (2019)
  • Artists’ Choice, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (2018)
  • Faculty Member, PleinAir Convention & Expo (2018, 2019, 2022)
  • Faculty Member, Plein Air South (2018, 2019)
  • Plein Air Magazine Award, Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational (2019)
  • 3rd Place, Lighthouse Plein Air Festival (2018)
  • 3rd Place, Plein Air Rockies (2016)
  • Best of Show, Augusta Plein Air Festival (2014)
  • Best Marine, Cape Ann Plein Air (2018)
  • 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)