What can we say... we love to create stuff.
Paintings, prints, stories, theater pieces, video,
sculptures, Native American dance regalia, costumes, songs, posters.
We even like making electronic resumes for web sites!
We've been married since 1977. We met in
1973 at the Teenage Club, in Juneau, Alaska; we were both making
posters for the Club's upcoming pool tournament. (Clarissa
took second place in the tournament, I just watched.)
When we realized that we liked each other, well, that led to hugging
and kissing, and that led to marriage and three children.
When the kids came along, we started looking for
ways to earn a living that allowed us to stay home with them.
Since we both loved making art (of various kinds) it was just natural
to turn our livingroom and basement into art studios.
Clarissa has focused her energies
on artwork inspired by her Alaskan Native heritage. After
apprenticing to master Chilkat weaver Jennie
Thlunaut in 1986, she began teaching Chilkat weaving to local
Native women and organizing yearly gatherings of weavers and artists
in Alaska and Canada. She studied clothing design and metalsmithing
at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, NM
She has produced some 50 traditional Alaskan
ceremonial robes, as well as numerous traditionally-inspired
carvings, paintings, and collages. Her works have won numerous
Clarissa also spent five years working with the
Naa Kahidi Native Theater, as costume & set designer, tour manager,
stage manager, actress and singer/musician, touring the US, Canada,
and Europe. She doesn't want to tour again, but she still
loves designing costumes as much as ever.
Her works are available through Inuit
Gallery in Vancouver B.C. and Stonington
Gallery in Seattle, WA.
Bill started out his artistic
career as a musical instrument maker, building over 50 instruments
including flutes, harps, Appalachian dulcimers, hammered dulcimers,
and African mbiras. He then moved into graphic design, specializing
in handprinted silkscreen posters and designs that often included
Alaskan Native motifs. He worked as a commercial artist and screen
printer in Juneau, Alaska for over twenty years.
He also worked as a theatrical designer for Juneau's
Theater, and directed and produced numerous original productions,
specializing in family-oriented theater. In 1994, he founded
the Pagosa Pretenders Family Theater to promote the involvement
of whole families in creating original plays.
He is currently the publisher of an online daily
news web site for Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He also works
in web design, video
production, and collaborates on other art and theater projects
with Clarissa and other artists.
Bill & Clarissa Hudson
PO Box 2709, Pagosa Springs CO 81147