We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Hudson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up I never really thought of myself as creative. My parents were both professionals, and it was education that was valued – not art. It wasn’t until my senior year of college that I tapped into my creative potential. I took a drawing class on a whim, and it changed my life. After college, I decided I was going to be an artist. I worked, took classes, built a portfolio, and got into grad school. But I veered off my artistic path soon after. I’m not sure why – maybe it was just too hard at the time. I pursued other creative careers over the years – for 10 years I was an entrepreneur and a nationally recognized cake designer. It wasn’t until 2020, though, that I came back to art after a 25-year hiatus. It was very much a pandemic epiphany – one of those ‘what the heck am I doing with my life’ moments. So here I am now – back at it, making art and just where I want to be.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career journey is probably a little different than most artists my age. Because I stopped making art at the age of 25 and restarted at 50, I’m basically at the beginning of my career again. While I’ve come a long way in the past couple of years, I often wonder what kind of work I’d be making now had I not paused for so long. I imagine that it would be quite different. But at the same time, my current work wouldn’t be what it is without all of that life that happened in the middle. I’m at a stage where I can examine concepts of impermanence, transformation, and regeneration while I’m living it (yikes, did I say that?). And I have the capacity to be concise in my execution. I believe I swerved back on the artistic path because that’s where I was meant to be. If there’s a life lesson in here, it would be to always stay true to yourself.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to those who have believed in me along the way. . . . . . the visiting art professor at Vassar who asked me if I had plans after graduation. When I replied that I had no idea what I was going to do, she said ‘you should be an artist.’
. . . Marvin Saltzman, my painting professor at UNC, who taught me how to trust myself and my work.
. . . and my supportive online community of artists – many of whom have become real friends.