Joanna Frazier Hudson was born in High Point, NC. She studied drawing, photography and film at Virginia Commonwealth University and from there received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
After graduation she continued work as art director for Hudson Studios specializing and furniture photography and catalog printing. Work in the field supplemented her creative projects until attending a graduate school at the University of NC at Greensboro where she received a Masters Degree in Fine Art. Her studies were primarily painting, photography and film.
She went on to teach film courses as art in the broadcast/cinema division of UNC at Greensboro and later other film subjects at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to her long-term work at UNCG, she traveled to other universities as a guest lecturer, conducting workshops and seminars. Throughout her teaching career, Hudson stayed active doing her own work, showing independent films, documentaries and photography at prominent local galleries.
Hudsons collection of work from the past two decades is currently on display in numerous venues and she travels to local shows and gatherings to display her art. Hudsons work ranges from still-life, hand-tinted images to stone lithographs and a range of photographic methods. Hudsons ability to bring imagery to poetry and poetry to images is her forte. From the whisper-thin strokes of her ethereal visitor Ghost of Westover, and the subtlety of the Latent Spirit to the utilitarian commonality of her hand-tinted fruits and vegetable collection, Hudsons work eloquently speaks volumes.
I am a photographer.
I make photographs and pictures
that depict life cycles.
The camera-eye makes images
metaphorically mimicking personal experiences.
The graphic quality of the black and white silver print impresses and expresses
subtle tonal nuances of mystery and luminosity.
I work in the darkroom printing my negatives
and at times on the drawing table adding bits of
color by hand-tinting, extracting, refracting
Some photographs are straight printing.
In others, I combine negatives and use masking,
solarizing, toning, and hand-tinting to make from
the negative, the image I want to see.
I am using a scientific medium to create art.