Grace Carpenter Hudson
Grace Carpenter Hudson (1865 - 1935)
Born in Potter Valley near Ukiah, California, in 1865, Grace Carpenter showed artistic promise at an early age. After attending public schools in Ukiah and San Francisco, at age 14 she enrolled at the local School of Design. For five school terms she studied there with Virgil Williams, Raymond Yelland, Domenico Tojetti, and Oscar Kunath. After her marriage to Dr. John Hudson in 1890, she returned to Ukiah. Their home at 431 South Main (now a museum) was marked with a totem pole in front and known as “The Sun House.” After her painting of Little Mendocino (a crying Pomo baby) caused a sensation at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, she specialized in painting Native children. In addition to painting Pomo subjects, Hudson spent several months painting the Native children of Hawaii in 1901. A commission took her to Oklahoma to paint the Pawnees in 1904. Hudson died at her Ukiah home on March 23, 1937.