Many Pencils Studio




Artist Carolyn Hudson’s favorite medium is the colored pencil. She works from as many as 140 colored pencils, hence the “Woman of Many Pencils.” She likes the challenge of detail and this medium allows superior control. “I want to be able to capture the beauty of what I see with my eyes and my soul.”

Carolyn “paints” her pictures line by line using the various colored pencils in her pallet (a fist full of selected colored pencils) in a layering technique, working from light to dark. The method appears painstaking but for her it is natural. “I don’t know how I do it, it just happens.”

“I try to stay out of my own way, so I listen to books on tape, or music. With my mind occupied I can let my instincts take over.”

Carolyn’s art career was influenced by a childhood in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she learned to love the wide-open spaces. She spent summers in New York’s Adirondack Park. There she met and was mentored by Adirondack watercolorist Jeanne Reynolds who taught her a devotion to realism and a love of landscapes. She broadened her skills and gained confidence in her art at Waynesburg University under the tutelage of her art teacher Dr. Susan Phillips.

Carolyn lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan for some years and participated in the art community there, principally through the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts where she taught colored pencil classes.

She relocated to Empire/Glen Arbor area of the Leelanau Peninsula where she had fallen in love with the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, an area that for years has attracted artists and visitors from all over Michigan, the United States and the world. She is drawn by the “light and space” of Lake Michigan and the dunes.

“Living and working in paradise (Leelanau County) would enhance anyone’s life, gifts and abilities. I love the dunes and the shapes and curves of the land. I get to see beauty every day. I get to smell the water, hear the birds and experience life in a small town.”

Leelanau offers a variety of inspiring subjects for Carolyn’s realistic drawings including wildlife, dramatic landscapes, and abandoned buildings and old farms. “Interiors are fun because of how the light and shadow define space and form.” She also enjoys the challenge of drawing water and strives to capture its unusual quality in a number of her pictures.

With her many pencils, Carolyn Hudson is an artist constantly striving to recreate the special character of life around her. Success for her is when her pictures “draw you in and make you feel as if you are there.”

Carolyn Hudson
P.O. Box 535
Empire, MI 49630

MANY PENCILS STUDIO: Original and commissioned Illustrations of Northern Michigan Wildlife and Landscapes.

1995 Irving S Gilmore Foundation “Emerging Artist Grant”
1995 Commission for the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation
1996 Fourth Prize, Kalamazoo Area Show (Juried)
1996 Published in the Colored Pencil Society of America: “Best of Colored Pencil Volume III
1997-1998 Commission for auction: Ducks Unlimited Local Kalamazoo Chapter
1999 Waynesburg University: Purchase of “Flying Colors” for collection
2001 Traverse Area Arts Council: Honorable Mention (Regional Show)
2005 Work Selected for the Glen Arbor Artist Association Music Festival Annual Poster
2008 National Cherry Festival Poster Competition: (Second Place)
2006 Signature Member of Colored Pencil Society of America
2010 “Signature Showcase” Colored Pencil Society Publication
2013 Mercy Hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan- On the Rocks I
2013 Gallery Fifty: Down on the Farm Theme “Yard Birds” Award Winner

1990 Pruyn House Cultural Center, Albany, NY
1991 Kalamazoo Nature Center (Two person Show)
1994 Kalamazoo Area Show (Jack Beal Juror) Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
1995 Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI (One Person Show)
1995 National Women’s Music Festival (Juried Show) Bloomington, IN
1996 Kalamazoo Area Show (Gerald Jacquard, Juror) Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
1996 Cosmos Cucina Exhibit, Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo
1997 Colored Pencil Society of America Midwest Exhibition (Bernard Poulins, Juror)
1997 Juried Regional Fine Arts and Photography Competition (D’Ann de Simone, Juror)
Carnegie Center for the Arts. Three Rivers, MI
1998 Celebration: A Festival of Religious Arts (Juried: Delbert Michels) Grand Rapids, MI
1998 Colored Pencil society of America Midwest Exhibition, Cleveland, OH (DianneLocati)
1998 Kingscott Gallery Exhibit (Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo)
1998 Art Center/Old Forge, NY Arts Council/Old Forge
1999 Colored Pencil Society of America Midwest Exhibition, Chicago, IL
1999 Colored Pencil Society of America: CPSA International Exhibition, Seattle, WA
1999 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: Faculty Show
2001 All Media Juried Exhibit (Prof. David Kelly) Traverse Area Arts Council, Traverse City
MI (Honorable Mention)
2002 Colored Pencil Society of America Tenth International Exhibition and Convention,
Fort Worth, TX
2005 Work Selected for the Annual Manitou Music Festival Poster
2010 Gallery Fifty - Traverse City, One person show.
2005-2011 From Women’s Hands Art show to benefit the Women’s Cancer Fund.
2012 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibition
2013 CPSA, Colored Pencil Society of America International Exhibition, Brea, CA
2013 Gallery Fifty: Down on the Farm Theme “Yard Birds” Award Winner.

1991-1993 Karen Kendall Gallery, Saugatuck, MI
1996 - Present Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI
2005 - Present Mullaly’s 128 Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI
2010 - Present: Gallery Fifty, Traverse City, MI
2013 - Present: Oliver Art Center- Gift Shop, Frankfort, MI

1995 Jack Beal Design and Composition (Guest Professor)
1996 Bonnie Auten and Janie Gildow (Colored Pencil Society of America)
1996 Martha Mayer Erhlebacher (Figure Painting)
1996 Vera Curnow and Ann Kulberg (Colored Pencil Society of America)
1997 Harvey Breverman (Monoprint)
1997 Bernard Amie Poulin (colored Pencil Society of America)
1998 Gary Greene (Colored Pencil Society of America)

1974 Graduate, State University of New York at Canton
Associate of Science Degree
1977 Graduate, Waynesburg University Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts

Lee and Judy Gardner, Birmingham, MI
The Meeting House, Rochester, MI
Mercy Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI

Since 1994 Signature Member: Colored Pencil Society of America
Since 1998 Glen Arbor Art Association
Since 2001 Traverse City Arts Council
Since 2011 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Woman of Many PencilsLyn and Fiona