The Chickasaw Nation
Tyson Hudson is a full-time artist with a passion for painting. Hudson resides in his hometown, Davis, Oklahoma, where he finds inspiration in nature and wildlife for his work.
On June 25, Hudson, a resident of Chickasaw, will participate in the first in-person Artesian Arts Festival since 2019. Each year, the festival celebrates all artistic mediums, providing early American artists with a venue for their art and a chance to sell their rooms.
“It’s the only thing in southern Oklahoma that looks like it. It’s great to display your artwork to the public while representing the Chickasaw Nation. It’s a sense of accomplishment,” said Hudson “It’s fun to be involved in the local artist community.”
The prolific artist also dabbles in drawing and photography, but is best known for his richly colored paintings.
“My paintings are inspired by the style of Jean-Michel Basquiat. My emotions show up in the color palette. Bright blues and reds are popular with me right now,” Hudson said. “I fuse my early American culture in paintings with Chickasaw symbolism. Painting nature and animals is a way of feeling connected to the land and to my past.
Hudson creates warm and vibrant portraits. He describes his work as representative. Mood is easily accessible in the expressions of his portraits.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he studied studio art and graphic design. He was interested in painting from his childhood. He loved the cartoon style and had an active imagination. He returned there in college, pushing himself out of his comfort zone until he fell in love with various mediums.
“It can be a struggle, of course, as an artist, but it becomes your obsession. I paint every week and constantly look at other artists’ work. The reward is always worth it in the end,” said Hudson “Just do a little at a time. You don’t have to finish a painting in a day or a week. Even if you can only accomplish a little in a day, it will get you closer to your reward.”
Hudson said he was grateful for the creation of the Artesian Online Art Market which began as a way to continue the Artesian Arts Festival in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online market will also continue this year.
“The hardest part of being an artist is getting your work out there,” he said. “I am grateful for the opportunity of the online market. It gives us visibility and an open platform for everyone.
Outside of painting, Hudson can be discovered in nature, on the hiking trails, and listening to hip hop or R&B.
“I paint in my room. This is where I can get comfortable and comfortable before I start painting. But I can find inspiration in the world.
“I found support from so many people. I want to thank my family, friends and everyone who donates to art events that allow artists to paint and find places to display our work,” Hudson said.
“This pandemic has been difficult for everyone, including artists, and I am so grateful to the Chickasaw Nation for allowing us to create and show our art throughout this one. It is such a pleasure to work with them.