Illustrator Rachel Hudson, from Four Marks in Hampshire, is Shortlisted for Best Rural Creative Business in the South East for The Rural Business Awards 2018/2019.
Known locally for her distinctive and vibrant illustrations of wildlife on the move and wild places, Rachel is thrilled that her work is gaining wider recognition. “I create illustrations that aim to delight and inspire people to connect with the natural world on their doorstep. As an illustrator I believe that it is my job to communicate to others a little of the joy I have felt in seeing something special and to help them to see that something special too. I also believe that art can bring about positive social change and I am passionate about working with businesses and organisations to champion the natural world and access to nature. “
Rachel regularly stages exhibitions of her illustrations in galleries across Hampshire and produces her own range of wildlife-themed greetings cards, fine art prints and giftware. She works for clients in the environmental, public, commercial and publishing sectors, creating illustrations for magazines, interpretation signs, nature trails and events. Clients include BBC Wildlife Magazine, The Wildlife Trusts and Hampshire Cultural Trust.
Rachel is also closely involved in rural life; illustrating village signs, giving talks and delivering workshops to local interest groups and schools to communicate her passion for wildlife
and to give a peek behind her creative process.
“Bold, colourful, intriguing and timeless – Rachel’s images encompass a universal appeal…”
Hampshire Life Magazine, 2018
“Rachel’s work is absolutely delightful. She’s got an extraordinary way of bringing life and energy to wildlife subjects… Rachel always exceeds our expectations with any work we’ve commissioned her.”
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
The Rural Business Awards
Since 2014, The Rural Business Awards (RBAs) aim to give recognition to businesses operating across the Rural sector, to acknowledge the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside, as well as to celebrate the achievements of rural businesses, from engineering through to artisan food producers and professional services organisations.
The thirteen award categories, including Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business, are decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, official agencies and rural charitable organisations.
Winners for the South East region will be announced on the 24th of October at an award ceremony.
More information about Rachel Hudson Illustration is available at: www.rachelhudsonillustration.com