Shirley Hudson with portait of Maddie 2020

Shirley Hudson

Painter and sculptor

Knaresborough

About

Originally from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, Shirley had a traditional art training at Oxford Polytechnic and Cheltenham Art College where she graduated with a B A Honours in Fine Art (sculpture).
At this time she made modelled figurative sculptures in plaster, terracotta portraiture and painted portraits.

After moving to the north Shirley continued to make sculpture and paintings, exhibiting her work and taking part in sculpture trails. It was her experience of walking in West Yorkshire and especially the deep wooded valleys that sparked her love of painting trees and later led her to paint ‘en plein air’.

In 1998 she gained an M A in printmaking from Bradford College. She also started her job at Henshaws Arts and Craft Centre in Knaresborough, facilitating art workshops (sculpture, mosaics and painting) for visually and dual sensory impaired adults with special needs for the following 22 years.

Shirley has painted in the Yorkshire Wolds and in the rugged West of Ireland where she has family connections, but is now concentrating on landscape and portraits of people around her home in Nidd and Knaresborough. She has recently painted 6 portraits as part of the portraits for NHS heroes initiative from her studio at Briggate Arts.

Lockdown at Nidd - Shirley Hudson
Lockdown at Nidd - Shirley Hudson
Shirley Hudson with portait of Maddie 2020

Shirley Hudson

Painter and sculptor

Knaresborough

About

Originally from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, Shirley had a traditional art training at Oxford Polytechnic and Cheltenham Art College where she graduated with a B A Honours in Fine Art (sculpture).
At this time she made modelled figurative sculptures in plaster, terracotta portraiture and painted portraits.

After moving to the north Shirley continued to make sculpture and paintings, exhibiting her work and taking part in sculpture trails. It was her experience of walking in West Yorkshire and especially the deep wooded valleys that sparked her love of painting trees and later led her to paint ‘en plein air’.

In 1998 she gained an M A in printmaking from Bradford College. She also started her job at Henshaws Arts and Craft Centre in Knaresborough, facilitating art workshops (sculpture, mosaics and painting) for visually and dual sensory impaired adults with special needs for the following 22 years.

Shirley has painted in the Yorkshire Wolds and in the rugged West of Ireland where she has family connections, but is now concentrating on landscape and portraits of people around her home in Nidd and Knaresborough. She has recently painted 6 portraits as part of the portraits for NHS heroes initiative from her studio at Briggate Arts.

Lockdown at Nidd - Shirley Hudson
Lockdown at Nidd - Shirley Hudson

My work

About my work

I’m at the beginning of a painting relationship with Nidd, my home, the surrounding area and North Yorkshire.
Last year I painted the iconic Knaresborough viaduct from both sides of the river, above, from a private balcony and below, from the grounds of Mother Shiptons.

The viaduct structure intrigues me as there are endless places to view it and the weather conditions change the appearance of the stone and water. From above it was exhilarating. The wind nearly blew the easel away and the water appeared deep and dark. From the ground the trees protected me and there were blue reflections.

Walking in the woods with a friend sparked a desire to paint the series ‘Rock in the Woods’. These are hidden gems and I’ve painted them in my favourite palette, enhancing the true colours with turquoise, ultramarine, cobalt and magenta.
I love the vibrancy and immediacy of painting outside, connecting directly with the view. When this isn’t possible I take photos or sketch and work from these in my studio.

My ongoing work as a portrait painter continued this summer with six portraits of people working on the frontline in the NHS as part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes initiative.

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