Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson

Bill Hudson was born and raised in Baltimore. At a young age he realized both his artistic gifts and his attraction to Chesapeake Bay country. His father’s family were watermen in the fishing hamlet of Greenbackville, Virginia located on the Chincoteague Bay of the eastern shore. During summer vacations with his grandparents in Greenbackville he began to develop a life-long interest in small fishing communities, old wooden work boats, and crabbing.

Also having an aptitude for math and the sciences, 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. Their family has always been their priority, motivation, and support. During the early years of marriage, Bill resumed his interest in art. He took night-college courses and began focusing on oil paintings of maritime scenes. He also started a commercial crabbing business with his brother-in-law, George. As the children grew, however, Bill realized his family was his full-time commitment and he put art and commercial fishing on hold.

Bill, Ellie & the Family 2016

Now retired from engineering and 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.  His work has been exhibited in many galleries, art shows, and museums.  He has been the Director of two galleries, juror for many shows, 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.

Bill is President of Watermen Art and the inventor of the patented Mahl Bridge and Mahl Bridge Clamps – artist tools that surpass the combined capabilities of Mahl sticks and art bridges.  Both are available at