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Brent Cotton (b. 1972)  Artworks >>

Raised on his family's cattle ranch in Idaho, Brent Cotton was inspired to become an artist by his grandmother. He works in a variety of media, but oil is his favorite and plein-air tonalist landscapes are his specialty. At first Cotton painted in an illustrative style similar to the work he saw in sporting magazines and he carved song birds and gamefish out of wood. His work was good enough to catch the attention of Wally Grewe, an art representative. Grewe introduced Cotton to professional painters including Guy Coheleach and Christine Verner. It was Verner who invited Brent Cotton to study with her at her studio. Cotton later attended workshops by Jim Wilcox, John Moyers and Howard Terpning. Cotton became good friends with painter Keith Huey. He and Huey painted together in Hawaii in 1999 and it was there that Cotton met his wife, Jennifer. After his marriage the couple lived in Hawaii in a cottage in the inland upcountry of Maui. Every afternoon clouds would roll in from the Pacific and cover the foothills where they lived. Cotton credits this natural occurrence along with the the experience of forest fires in the northern Rockies with his development of a tonalist style. In 2003 Brent Cotton won the People's Choice Award at the annual Arts for the Parks competition for his painting 'Evensong' which portrays a lone kayaker on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Brent Cotton has recently (2005) built his first studio in Stevensville, Montana. Source

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