He died in Bethel, Maine on October 11, 1892. He was a landscape and portrait painter. Cloudman began his career as a carpenter and sign painter.
He decided to become a fine artist.
In 1847 he sailed to Paris, France, to study art there for one year. After Paris he went to northern California during the years 1852-1853.
He was known for having painted the Pomo Indians of California. Cloudman was a protegee of landscape artist Charles Codman.