Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson was born in 1944 in Baltimore. He comes from a family of watermen who worked on the Chincoteague Bay from the small fishing village of Greenbackville on the “Eastern Shore” of Virginia. His inherited love of the sea is evident today in his watercolors.

Having an aptitude for science and mathematics as well as art, Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He then pursued a 38-year career in aerospace and retired from Boeing.

In 1970 Bill married Ellie O’Brien in Anaheim, California. They have 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls, and now 20 grandkids. Family has always been their priority, motivation, and support.

Bill, Ellie & the Family 2016

Now retired from engineering, with the children grown, Bill is enjoying his second career. He combines his love of art and the sea while producing a continuing series of maritime watercolors. “For me, there has always been a strong attraction to commercial fishing which I discovered as a young boy during the summers with my grandparents and the watermen of Greenbackville, Virginia. The buildings, wharfs, crab pots, oyster tongs, old wooden work boats, salt water, and open skies were a world different from the city pavements of Baltimore. Watermen have a simpler appreciation of life that I line up with. As an artist, maritime scenes still grab me and inherently provide the elements necessary for a good painting. Water adds contrast in edges, shapes and value. Reflections guarantee compositional continuity.” 

In addition to selling art from his website and, a print-on-demand service, Bill has sold his work at numerous venues and galleries along the west coast including Laguna Beach, Malibu, Beverly Hills, Carmel, La Jolla, La Quinta, San Diego, Morro Bay, and Indian Wells. He has been the Director of two galleries, juror for shows including the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, and is the author of the “Watercolor Pocket Guide.”  Occasionally Bill gives a demonstration to an art organization and may hold a workshop for its members. He is also the inventor and patent holder of the Mahl Bridge and Mahl Bridge Clamps, tools introduced to the art community in 2006 and now sold out of stock.

Bill often uses water-based casein paints together with transparent watercolors to produce his trademark paintings of unusually high realism, contrast, detail, and luminosity.