Esdaile Hudson (Dale) was born in India in 1937, into a traditionally military family, and educated at Sherborne School, Dorset and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He served in the 2nd KEO Gurkha Rifles for ten years from 1956 to 1966, before his gifts pressed him into making a rare transition to artistic life. He attended Southampton and Plymouth College of Art, and went on to study portraiture with the late Patrick Larking R.P., R.O.I. and figure drawing with the late Sam Rabin. He held his first one-man
exhibition in 1973 in London, since when he has painted full time, while raising a family, and has exhibited almost annually, in London, Scotland, Hong Kong, Holland, India and Ethiopia, and in many galleries throughout the UK.
He has illustrated periodicals and books, including a new edition of the work of Richard Jefferies, the great Victorian naturalist. He worked for a good many years as a wildlife painter, specialising in
birds, particularly pheasants. He produced every illustration for a comprehensive world survey of pheasant species. He has also undertaken many portrait commissions. He works across the spectrum of art, in oils, watercolour, charcoal, pencil, pastel etc, using an unusually broad range of stylistic approaches and subject matter – landscapes, wildlife, portraits and figure studies. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in 1994.
His career has been based on sound drawing and the expression of natural beauty, rather than an unseemly striving for novelty.
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