Brent Cotton
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In the Still of the Night

oil on board
12h x 20w in
30.48h x 50.80w cm
$3,400

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Burning the Lower Field

oil on linen
14h x 18w in
35.56h x 45.72w cm
$3,500

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August on Kootenai Creek-SOLD

oil on linen
8h x 12w in
20.32h x 30.48w cm
SOLD

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Creekside Warmth-SOLD

oil on linen
10h x 8w in
25.40h x 20.32w cm
SOLD

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Crisp, Clear, Dawn-SOLD

oil on linen
5h x 9w in
12.70h x 22.86w cm
SOLD

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Drifting into Evening-SOLD

oil on linen
12h x 16w in
30.48h x 40.64w cm
SOLD

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Dusk on the Pond-SOLD

oil on board
12 x 16 in
(30.48h x 40.64w cm)
SOLD

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Full of Promise-SOLD

oil on linen
32h x 40w in
81.28h x 101.60w cm
SOLD

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Kissing the Sundown-SOLD

oil on linen
7h x 7w in
17.78h x 17.78w cm
SOLD

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Last Glimmer of the Day

oil on linen
7h x 7w in
17.78h x 17.78w cm
$1,400

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Morning's Arrival-SOLD

oil on canvas
10 x 12 in
(25.4h x 30.48w cm)
SOLD

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Springtime On The Smith

oil on linen
17h x 25w in
43.18h x 63.50w cm
$5,500

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Stoking the Flames-SOLD

oil on linen
6h x 9w in
15.24h x 22.86w cm
SOLD

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Sundown's Embrace-SOLD

oil on board
8h x 10w in
20.32h x 25.40w cm
SOLD

Biography

Brent Cotton, b. 1972, Blackfoot, Idaho, (United States)


Raised on his family's cattle ranch in Idaho, Brent's first lessons in art were taught by his grandmother, a talented watercolorist.  He grew up sketching the cowboys and horses he observed every day.  Moving in Fifth Grade to Lindsborg, Kansas which was steeped in its’ Swedish heritage and love of the arts, Brent's creativity flourished.  In high school an influential instructor encouraged him to pursue a career in art.


Cotton attended workshops and studied with some of the best known names in wildlife and western art including artist Howard Terpning at the Cowboy Artists of America workshop in 1997.  Cotton moved to Maui in 1999 and it was there that his work took on a more moody and atmospheric feel.  The foggy days he experienced on the slopes of Haleakala volcano combined with the forest fires in Montana where he continued to spend his summers, had a dramatic impact on the direction he would take as an artist.  Today he prefers to paint in the Tonalist/Luminist style made popular in the late 1800's, seeking to create works that are mood-evoking and have a timeless quality. 


He also enjoys 'Plein Air' painting and strives to work outdoors as often as he can. "I became a better artist when I began painting from life. It forced me to really observe and train my eyes to filter out the unnecessary stuff and focus on the major elements."  He loves to strap on his hiking boots, grab his portable easel and wander off in search of a moody scene to capture on canvas.


An avid outdoorsman Brent can often be found standing in one of the local rivers with a fly rod in his hand or on the oars of his drift boat.  The close proximity to some amazing blue ribbon trout streams is one of the many reasons he and his family make their home in the Bitterroot valley of Montana.  This passion has led Brent to focus on sporting art, particularly fly-fishing as a common theme in his work.

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