Bold, colourful, intriguing and timeless - Rachel’s images encompass a universal appeal... Her style may be pared down. And the impression projected one of effortlessness. But that sums up the skills behind the success of this personable illustrator who, in combining personal passion with a creative calling, fulfills every artist’s ambition.”
— Hampshire Life Magazine

Hello, I’m Rachel Hudson

I am a freelance illustrator based in rural Hampshire, working from a cottage that was once the village stores.

After getting my BA and MPhil in the History of Art, working in galleries and then nature conservation, I found my true passion in illustrating and have been working full-time as a freelance illustrator since 2014. This year I won Best Rural Creative Business (South East and Greater London region) at The Rural Business Awards in partnership with Amazon 2019/20.

I work in Adobe Illustrator and have developed a style that blends both digital and traditional techniques. Wildlife is my favourite subject to illustrate and I am thrilled to be working with many of the leading nature conservation organisations and publishers.

I produce my own eco-friendly greetings card, art prints and illustrated gift range, rhudsonillustration. My work is exhibited and sold in galleries and gift shops in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Selected clients:

  • BBC Wildlife magazine

  • Butterfly Conservation

  • Environment Agency

  • National Trust

  • The Parks Trust

  • The Wildlife Trusts

What clients say…

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.

The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts

Exhibitions this year:

  • Birds, Boats & Back Garden Wildlife -
    Red House Museum, Christchurch, Dorset,
    9 March - 20 April

  • Birds, Boats & Back Garden Wildlife - Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham,
    11 May - 6 July

  • Menagerie - Hatch Gallery, Christchurch
    17 May - 11 July

  • Alresford Arts Festival - The Grange,
    4-6 October


  • Hampshire Wildlife - Mansfield Park Surgery, Medstead, January - 25 May 2018

  • The Hampshire Hangers and Hills - Allen Gallery, Alton, 31 March - 27 April 2018

  • Red House Museum, Open Exhibition
    24 November 2018 - 12 January 2019

Selected stockists: