Brent Cotton


Brent Cotton is an award-winning, nationally recognized artist living in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. He prefers to paint in the tonalist/luminist style made popular in the late 1800s, seeking to create works that are mood evoking and have a timeless quality. An avid outdoorsman, Cotton 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 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. This passion has led him to focus on sporting art, particularly fly fishing, as a common theme in his work.

Cotton’s work can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the country. He participates in some of the most prestigious museum exhibitions throughout the year. Some of his recent awards include the Wilson Hurley Landscape Award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Prix de West Invitational in 2018; the Victor Higgins Award for best grouping of works at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s Quest for the West in 2019; and the Artists’ and Patrons’ Choice Awards at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artists in 2020.

Brent Cotton is represented by Huey’s Fine Art, Naples, Florida; Illume Gallery, Philipsburg, Montana; Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona; and Tierney Fine Art; Bozeman, Montana.

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