Brent Cotton

b. 1972

Brent Cotton


Blackfoot, Idaho


Landscape, wildlife, hand-carved birds

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. He was introduced 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.

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.

Sold At Lone Star Art Auction

Brent Cotton
(b. 1972)

The Setting Sun

, 2010
oil on canvas
24 x 20 inches
Sold for: $5,313